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Neoclassical 20K Gold Pendant / Cameo of Athena

Europe, Neoclassical Period, ca. 19th century CE. A delicate, beautifully carved shell cameo depicting the profile head of the goddess Athena, clad in her crested warrior's helmet. The delicate coloration of the shell provides depth to the carved features. It is set into a round 20 karat gold pendant with a brooch clasp on its back. The pendant form resembles a shield, furthering the martial theme of the piece. The Neoclassical period saw immense northern European interest in the Classical world, in part inspired by the budding science of archaeology. Artists looked to the deep past for inspiration, but brought an imaginative sensibility to their depictions of it. Size: 1.15" W (2.9 cm); length of cord: 20" L (50.8 cm); 8.1 grams

This piece has been has been tested for the presence or absence of particular elements via XRF elemental analysis. A basic 1-page summary of the XRF screening will accompany purchase, identifying each element present in the sample, as well as the quantity of elements present. A more complete analysis detailing historical data / comparisons is available for additional charge – please contact us.

Condition: Excellent condition. Antique pendant on modern cord.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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