Carving is easy. You just go down to the skin and stop.
Carved gemstones, shells, and chocolate today.
What is an intaglio? A carved gem used to imprint sealing wax. Cameos have layers — they are sculpted in one layer with another contrasting layer serving as the background.
photo by Amanda Krueger
Cameo vase, Hercules restoring Alcestis to her husband Admetus
Artist: Alphonse Lechevrel (carver)
photo by Black Country Museums
Cameo , Sanibel Shell Museum
photo by Corinne Loomer
Cameo Ring with Marie Antoinette and the Dauphin
This sardonyx cameo features portrait busts of Queen Marie Antoinette of France (1755-93) and her son the Dauphin (1785-95).
Walters Art Museum
Sasanian intaglio with the portrait of a king and a Pahlavi inscription: “the Mazdaean lord Shapur, king of kings of Eran”
Portrait of Roman Emperor Caracalla, amethyst intaglio, ca. 212
From the treasury of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris
Top Hat Skeleton Gentleman
by Daniel Proulx
White Chocolate Cameos
photo by A Forest Frolic