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Italian 19th Century Sea Shell with Carved Relief of Mars
This charming carved seashell features a cameo relief of Mars, the god of War in the Roman pantheon. Standing on a chariot pulled by a pair of horses, Mars, who is nude but for his helmet, carries his spear. Below the depiction of Mars, the lower portion of the carved relief is filled with foliate forms with the title ‘Marte’ intertwined. The natural colors of the seashell have been utilized by the artist to lend the carved relief a feeling of depth. The shell stands on a wooden plinth and is signed ‘A. V. T.’.
- Date of ManufactureLate 19th Century
- DimensionsH 8.27 in. x W 4.73 in. x D 3.94 in.H 21 cm x W 12 cm x D 10 cm
- Seller LocationLondon, GB
- Seller Reference Number12428
- Reference NumberLU956316609091
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