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Gem

Ring

Object Number:
29-128-2128
Current Location:
Year of Color
Culture:
Hellenistic
Provenience:
Mediterranean
Manufacture Location:
Alexandria
Egypt (uncertain)
Period:
Late Hellenistic Period
Section:
Mediterranean
Materials:
Lapis Lazuli
Metal
Technique:
Intaglio
Iconography:
Aphrodite
Eros
Description:
(Modern base metal ring setting). Female, perhaps Aphrodite, sacrificing at a rustic altar. An elderly bearded man assists her and an Eros stands at right, holding a long torch. Alexandrine style, comparable to finds at Begram in Afghanistan. Plaster impression.
Height:
2.3cm
Width:
1.8cm
Credit Line:
Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville
Other Number:
2128   -   Sommerville Gem Number
55   -   Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Year of Color: Stone and Marble from Antiquity to the Present (19 Aug 2014 - Aug 2015)
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Bibliography:

[Book] Berges, Dietrich. 2011. Höchste Schönheit und einfache Grazie. Klassizistische Gemmen und Kameen der Sammlung Maxwell Sommerville im University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia PA. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 172, Fig. 13, Pl. 50, 53
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[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1950. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
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