A very finely carved mid seventeenth century agate cameo portrait of a noble woman.Probably Italian ca 1600. The three colored /or layered/ gem is of a portrait of one of the nobility portrayed in ancient classical dress and finery to show noble,ancient lineage. Usual device in the aristocracy from the middle ages up to the nineteenth century
The highlights of the dress is highly polished and the background is left matt to illuminate the intricacies of the dress.
Measurements:53 x 43 mm
In high carat ca 1860 gold setting