Georgian “Doves of Pliny” Cameo Brooch

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This exceptional cameo brooch depicts a famous mosaic by the 2nd Century BC artist Sosus of Pergamon. Its was a subject of intrigue for Pliny the Elder, and as such became known as "The Doves of Pliny". The shell cameo sits in a 15ct gold late Georgian mount, and likely dates to the same era.

Details

  • Creator
    Unknown
  • Of the Period
    Georgian
  • Place of Origin
    United Kingdom
  • Condition
    Good. Some solder present on the fittings, and the shell has a natural stress line which would have been present when carved. Visible from behind however concealed from the front. Of little consequence..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    1.14 in. H x 1.34 in. W
    3 cm H x 3 cm W
  • Weight
    7.1g
  • Seller Location
    Sale, United Kingdom
  • Reference Number
    LU17322348033
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