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Ca 1520-50 carnelian intaglio with a specially prepared “oxidised” surface to show up the carving better. It is an ancient technique that involves honey to be used to cover the surface of the gem and high temperature “baking” Ancient technique that was revived in the sixteenth century.
Measurements of bezel : 16 x 14 mm
The intaglio is of In Greek mythology, Selene the goddess of the moon. She is the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia, and sister of the sun-god Helios, and Eos, goddess of the dawn. She drives her moon chariot across the heavens. Several lovers are attributed to her in various myths, including Zeus, Pan, and the mortal Endymion. In classical times, Selene was often identified with Artemis, much as her brother, Helios, was identified with Apollo. Both Selene and Artemis were also associated with Hecate, and all three were regarded as lunar goddesses, although only Selene was regarded as the personification of the moon itself. Her Roman equivalent is Luna.