'Adam and Eve', shell cameo

'Adam and Eve', shell cameo

'Adam and Eve'
Shell cameo
Probably Germany
About 1580
Shell (Spondylus)
Museum no. A.17-1937
Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh FSA

This cameo depicts Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The serpent climbing the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is central to the scene. The composition is loosely based on an engraving by Albrecht Dürer.