Cameo of King Charles VIII of France (1470-1498)

Cameo of King Charles VIII of France (1470-1498)

c. 1494

Agate

Overall: 3.4 x 2.4 x 0.4 cm (1 5/16 x 15/16 x 3/16 in.)

Gift of the George Kress Foundation in memory of William Mathewson Milliken 1978.58

Description

This jade-green agate cameo represents King Charles VIII in bust profile wearing the royal crown and the collar of the Order of St. Michael. The cameo was probably inspired by a gold medal presented to Charles by the City of Lyon during a visit in 1494 and was probably made to commemorate the event. It was perhaps a memento belonging to one of the town's nobles.

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