Seller: leuthwig (420) 100%, Location: Avellino, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 173482472290 CountryItaly MaterialChalcedony hardstone cameo DateAbout 1520 Made in ItalyProbably Roma ObversePortraits of Jesus Christ and the Holy Virgin. ReversePlain.Diameter mm. 30 x 23Grade XF, light chips to both noses; light damage to the basis (third image n. 1) and a natural vein: this last is not a defect (third image, n. 2).Comments Made in high relief, with a total thickness of mm. 10, the engraver artist who created this cameo exploited the three colours of this chalcedony: white for the basis, beige for the portrait of the Virgin and orange for the Christ. During the Renaissance, such cameos were made on commission: infact only the most talented engravers or goldsmiths, such as Benvenuto Cellini, were able to achieve them, so they were extremely expensive!