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Head of a Medusa (?)

Date:
mid-16th century
Culture:
probably French
Medium:
Onyx or sardonyx, mounted in silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 1/8 x 15/16 in. (2.9 x 2.4 cm); visible cameo: 22.4 x 20 mm
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
The Milton Weil Collection, 1939
Accession Number:
39.22.12
Not on view
The distinctive Mannerist style of this cameo, with its shallow, flattened relief and elegantly meandering flourishes such as the snaky locks of hair, seems un-Italian, yet one hesitates to call it French because so little is known as yet about Renaissance carvers in France.
Marking: None
Milton Weil (until 1938; to MMA)
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