The King of Beasts: an Exceptional Renaissance Gem from the Marlborough Collection , New York
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This exhibition focuses on a single gem. But what a gem! It is a large cameo of a lion’s head skilfully carved in semi-transparent cat’s eye in pale green to yellow. Provenance is second only to artistic quality, and this gem has it in spades. We can trace it all the way back to the most mimportant gem collectors of the seventeenth century.