Mid-Century Leda and the Swan Cameo Brooch
ABOUT THIS BROOCH
The fantastical and highly imaginative motifs of Greek mythology sought to explain the origin and nature of the world through the lives and activities of fanciful--and sometimes frightening --creatures, deities, and other heroes. Here, a master artisan has carved into a shell cameo the scene of Leda, the wife of King Tyndareus, being seduced by Zeus (in the form of a swan), who had his way with her. According to one account, the result caused her to have a set of children for both the God of Thunder and her husband at the same time (!). Nothing like a little salacious Greek high-drama. The impressive vintage jewel, measuring just over 2 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches, is hand fabricated and presented in a beveled 18K gold frame. Circa early-to-mid 20th century.