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Cameo: Venus rising from the Waves, North Italian, agate, sixteenth century

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Cameo: Venus
borne on the waves
Italian
Agate, sixteenth century

This remarkable Renaissance cameo probably shows
the birth of Venus. In Classical mythology Venus,
the goddess of love, was born from sea foam and
blown ashore by the winds. The deeply undercut
figure of the goddess is almost detached from
the background.

On display?

Yes
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