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On View Seamans Gallery, level 2

Object description

  • European artist
  • Cameo brooch, early 19th century
  • Shell, gold
  • probably Italy, Europe
  • H: 2 3/4 in, W: 2 1/2 in, D: 1/2 in (H: 7.0 cm, W: 6.3 cm, D: 1.3 cm)
  • Loan from a private collection
  • 131037


This is a shell cameo brooch with a gold setting. It features the three-quarters length portrait of a woman in flowing robes and a headdress. She rests her hands on a table holding a book, scroll, and urn. There is a blue bow on each side of the oval setting.