She is Eos, goddess of the day, she is Aurora, she is Dawn; bringer of light of hope and rejuvenation. She wears the wheat of plenty in her hair and is the Mother of the winds and of the planets. She lifts her head to face the new coming of day.
She is Nyx, she is the primordial goddess of the night, who emerged at the dawn of creation. She is the mother of Hypnos. She has her eyes closed in peaceful sleep and she wears poppies in her hair, as stars rise over her peaceful profile and an owl and angle sit below.
This exquisitely carved Night and Day cameo brooch is a marvelously made piece, with deep relief. The frame is made in simple sterling silver, and has been acid tested. The cameo is most likely Italian and dates to about 1870, the large oval brooch frame that holds it has a C clasp and dates to about 1890. This lovely cameo measures 52.7 mm from top to bottom and 42.1 mm across, it weighs 14.2 grams. The cameo is signed to the reverse, ‘L. Mouhe’.
A note from Victoria: Oops! We didn’t do a very good job cleaning this wonderful cameo. We can leave it as it is for you but it could use with a bit of a clean and we’d be happy to have our jeweler do that before it goes out.
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ITEM ID: BHA24151VA