'The Sacrifice of Isaac', shell cameo

'The Sacrifice of Isaac', shell cameo

'The Sacrifice of Isaac'
Shell cameo
France
About 1700
Shell, with wax restoration
Museum no. A.18-1937
Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh FSA

The scene is taken from the Old Testament story in which God tests Abraham's loyalty and obedience. It shows Abraham before a ritual altar, about to sacrifice his only son, Isaac.