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Cameo with Hercules and Omphale
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Cameo with Hercules and Omphale

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Description Omphale, queen of Lydia, wears Hercules' lion skin and exposes one breast. With a later gold mount (as a ring).. this cameo carved from precious lapis (from Afganistan) belonged to a member of the Orsini family in the late 1500s in rome, from whom it was purchased by Thomas Howard Earl of Arundel, an important English collector and diplomat. The carved gems of the Earl were subsequntly acquired by the Dukes of Marlborough. see the discussion of the Arundel gem collection and that of the Marlboroughs on the Chamber of Wonders microsite. maor holdings of these t wo collections are now in the Walters with an unbroken provenance going back to these collectors. In the case of this gem to the 1500s.
Date Description Narrative
2/09/1979Examinationexamined for condition
7/17/1980Treatmentexamined for exhibition
7/28/1980Examinationexamined for condition
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Sale, Joseph Brummer, New York, 1942; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1942

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ca. 1525-1575 (Renaissance)
lapis lazuli; gold mount
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
1 in. (2.6 cm)
  • Italy (Place of Origin)


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