N/A - Signed agate cameo mythological subject

Signed agate cameo mythological subject
Signed agate cameo mythological subject
Signed agate cameo mythological subject
Signed agate cameo mythological subject
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N/A - Signed agate cameo mythological subject

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A 14kt gold mounted as a pendant exquisite hardstone (agate) cameo carved with a mythological subject, Hebe and Zeus, signed on the reverse "1877 Filippo Tignani graveur Roma R. Condotti n° 91" .

Dimension cm 5x3,5 ca

Perfect condition, commensured with age.

Hēbē in ancient Greek religion, is the goddess of youth (Roman equivalent: Juventus).She is the daughter of Zeus and Hera.Hebe was the cupbearer for the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus, serving their nectar and ambrosia, until she was married to Heracles (Roman equivalent: Hercules); her successor was Zeus' lover Ganymede. Another title of hers, for this reason, is Ganymeda. She also drew baths for Ares and helped Hera enter her chariot. Hebe was supposed to have the power to give eternal youth, and in art is typically seen with her father in the guise of an eagle, often offering a cup to him. This depiction is seen in classical engraved gems as well as later art and seems to relate to a belief that the eagle (like the phoenix) had the ability to renew itself to a youthful state.

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