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Onyx cameo pendant with the head of Medusa, by Carlo Giuliano

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An image of Jewellery. Pendant. Unknown frame maker, London. Giuliano, Carlo, cameo maker (Italian jeweller in GBR, 1831-1895). Onyx cameo with white upper layer and dark lower layer, carved with a head of Medusa of Rondanini type. Shown frontally, the back left rough. Set by means of seven claws in an oval gold openwork frame enamelled black and white and set with four pearls and four cobochon pink gemstones. Suspended from the lower edge are a pearl, and an enamelled gold 'tassel' with a larger pearl at the end. At the top there is a ring and an enamelled gold loop for suspension. Height, whole, 8.2 cm, width, whole, 3.8 cm, height, cameo, 2.5 cm, width, cameo, 2.6 cm, depth, cameo, 0.9, cm, circa AD 100-200, cameo, mount late 19th century. Revivalism. Production Note: This pendant unites a second century Roman Imperial cameo of Medusa with a Renaissance Revival style mount, by Carlo Giuliano one of the leading jewellers who worked in both the Renaissance and Archeological Revival styles.

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Jewellery. Pendant. Unknown frame maker, London. Giuliano, Carlo, cameo maker (Italian jeweller in GBR, 1831-1895). Onyx cameo with white upper layer and dark lower layer, carved with a head of Medusa of Rondanini type. Shown frontally, the back left rough. Set by means of seven claws in an oval gold openwork frame enamelled black and white and set with four pearls and four cobochon pink gemstones. Suspended from the lower edge are a pearl, and an enamelled gold 'tassel' with a larger pearl at the end. At the top there is a ring and an enamelled gold loop for suspension. Height, whole, 8.2 cm, width, whole, 3.8 cm, height, cameo, 2.5 cm, width, cameo, 2.6 cm, depth, cameo, 0.9, cm, circa AD 100-200, cameo, mount late 19th century. Revivalism. Production Note: This pendant unites a second century Roman Imperial cameo of Medusa with a Renaissance Revival style mount, by Carlo Giuliano one of the leading jewellers who worked in both the Renaissance and Archeological Revival styles.

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  • Accession Number: MAR.M.276-1912
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/27.0
  • Focal length: 120
  • Camera: Hasselblad H4D-31
  • Photographer name: Amy Jugg
  • Image height: 1025 pixels
  • Image width: 698 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 320.30kB
  • Exposure time: 1/60
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 27/1

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19th Century 2nd Century Archaeological Revival Archaeological Style British cabochon cameo cameo head Carlo Giuliano claws enamel enamelled female Fitz_AA gem gems gemstones gold heads jewellery Medusa mythological mythology onyx openwork oval pearl pearls pendant precious stones Renaissance Revival Renaissance style Revivalism Roman Roman Imperial rubies ruby Victorian

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