Shell cameo brooch representing Hebe and Zeus mounted in 14-karat yellow gold, circa 1900. A larger scale depiction of mythological Hebe, goddess of youth and cup bearer for the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus, offering a cup of ambrosia to her father Zeus, disguised as an eagle. Supposedly, Hebe had the power to grant eternal youth. As you can see, she is very well preserved! It was also believed that like a phoenix, the eagle could restore itself to a younger state. Very crisp carving in pristine condition.
DIMENSIONS: 2 1/8" vertical and 1 5/8" horizontal.
Reference Number: P3544
Condition: Excellent consistent with age and wear
Metal Type: 14-Karat Gold