'Charles V', shell cameo

'Charles V', shell cameo

'Charles V'
Shell cameo
Italy
About 1550
Cowrie shell (Cypraea)
Museum no. 1433-1855

Charles V (1500-58) was Holy Roman Emperor from the age of 19. Around his neck, he wears the chivalric emblem of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The image was probably taken from an engraving.