Child's head

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Acquired in 1865 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1865. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 53 Machell Cox, E., Victoria & Albert Museum Catalogue of Engraved Gems. London, Typescript, 1935, Part 1, pp. 77-8
collection_code
SCP
credit
Given by R. C. Lucas
date_end
date_start
date_text
ca. 200 BC to 50 BC (made)
descriptive_line
Cameo, oval carnelian, set in a 19th century gold ring, depicting a child's head, Italy, Graeco-Roman, 200-50 BC
dimensions
Height: 13 mm, Width: 10 mm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
Engraved gemstones of all dates were widely collected in Italy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Many were brought back by British Grand Tourists, and important collections were formed.
historical_significance
history_note
Given by the British neo-classical sculptor Richard Cockle Lucas in 1865, together with twenty-two ivory carvings, twelve waxes, sixteen other gems, a marble group and a portrait in plaster. Historical significance: A known type, also occurring in large types, sometimes described as Medusa heads. There are examples of the larger type in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, and of the smaller type in the Thorvaldsen Museum, Copenhagen.
id
82816
label
last_checked
2014-08-30T00:57:46.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T00:57:46.000Z
latitude
42.502998
location
In Storage
longitude
12.57341
marks
materials
carnelian, chalcedony, gemstone, microquartz
materials_techniques
Engraved gemstone
museum_number
235-1865
museum_number_token
2351865
object_number
O107315
object_type
Cameo
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Vertical oval cameo. Orange-red translucent carnelian. Depicting a child's head as seen slightly from above. The viewpoint looks down on the top of the head and onto the hair which has a centre parting. Facial features are all visible and occupy the lower half of the stone. In a gold ring.
place
Italy
primary_image_id
2006AF1540
production_note
Attribution note: Orange-red translucent chalcedony
production_type
public_access_description
The art of engraving gemstones can be traced back to ancient Greece in the 8th century BC and earlier. Techniques passed down to the Egyptians and then to the Romans. There were major revivals of interest in engraved gems in Europe during the Byantine era, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and again in the 18th and 19th centuries. At each stage cameos and intaglios, these skillful carvings on a minute scale, were much prized and collected, sometimes as symbols of power mounted in jewelled settings, sometimes as small objects for private devotion or enjoyment. This cameo takes an unusual viewpoint from slightly above what appears to be a child's head. It is unlikely to be a portrait, as other examples of similar heads exist in other collections. They are thought to date from between 200 BC and 50 BC.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
childs-head-cameo-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
gem engraving
title
Child's head
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
-50
year_start
-205