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A CARVED OVAL MALACHITE CAMEO REPRESENTING HECTOR'S FAREWELL TO HIS FAMILY
EARLY 19TH CENTURY
Hector setting off to fight, fully armed, turning towards his wife Andromache, while their son Astynax, clings to his nurse; secured by claws to a circular wooden ground within an associated square gilt-bronze-mounted wood frame decorated in relief with pairs of lyres
For other versions of the subject see G. Lippold, Gemmen und Kameen des Altertums und des Neuzeit (Stuttgart, 1922), pl. CXLI, no. 5, by Luigi Pichler, and The Art of Gem Engraving From Alexander the Great to Napoleon III (Tokyo, 2008), no. 290, by Giuseppe Girometti.