'Neptune', shell cameo

'Neptune', shell cameo

'Neptune'
Shell cameo
Probably Italy
About 1700
Shell, with wax restoration
Museum no. A.14-1937
Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh FSA

According to classical myth, Neptune ruled over the sea and all the creatures living in it. Here he is flanked by two mythological seahorses, or hippocampi, which are half horse and half fish.