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A CARVED SARDONYX CAMEO OF A SACRIFICE AT THE ALTAR OF HYGIEIA
The goddess of health, half naked, with her attribute, a snake, coiled around her left arm, seated on a tree trunk, attended by a youth holding a floral crown and by a woman facing to the right; in a gold mount and rectangular surround decorated with raised trails of foliage outlined in royal blue enamel, applied to a tortoiseshell ground within an associated gilt-bronze frame
The composition of the present cameo derives from a rock crystal intaglio by Valerio Belli formerly in the Strozzi Collection and now in the British Museum (see H. Burns et al. Valerio Belli Vicentino 1486-1546, Vicenza, 2000, p. 318, no. 16). For another cameo version see I. Weber, Geschnittene Steine des 18. bis 20. Jahrhunderts (Munich, 1995, p. 99, no. 102).