Following the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, travellers on the aristocratic ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe – an initiatory and cultural journey around the Italian peninsula and Greece in order to experience the cultural legacy of antiquity – found Pompeii to be an irresistible stop for a new type of souvenir. Lava cameos carved from the volcanic breccia became a mark of style and culture to the wearer. This gold and lava bracelet portrays a strikingly realistic, three-dimensional carving that is the personification of different professions and societal roles.
19th Century, Naples
Bracelet Length: 18.5 cm
Cameo Length: 3 x 3.2 cm
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