Neoclassical "The Muses" Cameo Bracelet
"... the Jury find that they could not recommend an award of the Council Medal for the invention of Parian without deciding on the disputed claim of priority between the very eminent firms, who severally advanced that claim with equal confidence. We have not felt it our duty to come to any such decision; especially as it would appear from the statement of each party that, whichever may have actually been first in publicly producing articles in this material both were contemporaneously working with success towards the same result."
But why not the full compliment of muses? A certain element of pragmatism over idealism would be my best guess... the bracelet would be far too long with an extra two panels, and although smaller panels could have been used the overall impact of the piece would have been significantly diminished. The two absentee muses also presents a unique conversation point...
The classical muses were nine goddesses in Greek mythology were believed to inspire creativity, often invoked by artists, writers, and musicians to help with their work. They were also associated with the arts and sciences and were seen as the guardians of knowledge and wisdom. They were considered the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory, with each muse believed to be responsible for a different field of creative endeavour. They were: Calliope; Clio; Erato, love poetry; Euterpe, music; Melpomene, tragedy; Polyhymnia, sacred poetry; Terpsichore, dance; Thalia, comedy; and Urania, astronomy. Their Roman counterparts were known as the Camenae, and their influence can still be seen in literature, art, and music to this day.
Era: Early Victorian circa 1850
Length: 8 inches
Panels: 2.9cm by 2.2cm
Marks: None, tested as 15ct gold
Condition: Great antique condition. Minimal signs of wear. An acid test mark to the side of one of the bezel frames.
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