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Cameo with a Lion
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Cameo with a Lion


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Description Onyx is often chosen for cameos because it frequently contains a straight, well-defined vein of white. The subject can be carved from the white vein, and the dark part is then removed from the visual field to create the image. Lions were common subjects for antique cameos. This beautifully carved piece could have been offered for sale as an antique or as a piece in which the art and techniques of antiquity were reflected. Few 17th-century collectors could have told the difference.
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
  • Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
Provenance Collections of Charles Newton-Robinson Sale, Christie's, June 27, 1909, no. 95; Morrison, cat. no. 11; Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1909, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909

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Period
ca. 1500-1625 (Renaissance)
Medium
onyx, gold
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.139
Measurements
15/16 in. (2.4 cm)
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