Putti with Goats
An intriguing, hand carved shell cameo depicting putti (in Renaissance art; a chubby male child, sometimes winged) playing with two goats set in a solid gold brooch mount.
Estimated as C. 1900
Popularised by Polidoro da Caravaggio's painting 'Putti with Goats' in 1527 and Filippo Baldinucci's sculpture 'The Goat Amalthea with the Infant Jupiter and a Faun' in 1609.
This popular subject for artists finds its inspiration in the Greek mythology and depicts Zeus as a child with the goddess Amalthea, often represented as a goat, who nursed the infant in a cave on a mountain in Crete so that Cronos would not hear his wailing.
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