Help us bring life to art, and art to lives. Make a donation.

close-button
Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Cameo with Saint George

Date:
1100–1300
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Jasper
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 1/4 x 11/16 x 5/16 in. (3.2 x 1.8 x 0.8 cm)
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Jasper
Credit Line:
The Milton Weil Collection, 1940
Accession Number:
40.20.57
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
Saint George holds a shield and a sword, emphasizing his role as a protector.

Expensive cameo and semiprecious hard stone carvings for personal devotion were so highly prized that imitations in glass paste were produced for the general populace in Byzantium and abroad.
Inscription: Inscribed in Greek: Saint George
Milton Weil Collection, Vienna
Remington, Preston. "The Milton Weil Collection of Cameos and Intaglios." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 35 (April 1940). p. 77.



Related Objects

Cameo of the Virgin and Child

Artist: Adrien Jean Maximilien Vachette (French, Cauffry 1753–1839 Paris) [Gold Frame] Date: ca. 1050–1100 (cameo); ca. 1800 (frame) Medium: Agate cameo, gold frame Accession: 2007.445 On view in:Gallery 303

Cameo with the Archangel Michael

Date: probably late 14th century Medium: Sardonyx Accession: 40.20.58 On view in:Gallery 303

Cameo with the Fasting of Saint Nicholas

Date: ca. 1200–1250 Medium: Agate with gold frame Accession: 2000.347 On view in:Gallery 304

Cameo with Hercules and the Nemean Lion within a Garland

Date: ca. 1220–40 Medium: Sardonyx with modern gold frame Accession: 38.150.23 On view in:Gallery 304

Pendant Brooch with Cameo of Enthroned Virgin and Child and Christ Pantokrator

Date: late 1000s–1100s (cameo); 1100s–1300s (mount) Medium: Chalcedony cameo; gold mount with pearls, emeralds, garnets, sapphires, and a sardonyx intaglio Accession: 2007.9 On view in:Gallery 303