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Swivel Ring

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Object Number:
29-128-1959
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Graeco-Roman
Provenience:
Mediterranean
Period:
Graeco-Roman Period
Date Made:
50 BC-AD 400
Early Date:
-50
Late Date:
400
Section:
Mediterranean
Materials:
Carnelian
Gold
Technique:
Intaglio
Iconography:
Athena
Ship's Prow
Rudder
Cornucopia
Corn
Inscription
Description:
(Modern gold swivel ring setting) Minerva seated to left, on a ship prow, holds grain ears and rudder in right hand, a cornucopia in left. Inscription in Latin letters A. MICUS. Allusion is probably to Rome's overseas commerce. Minerva like Mercury was a patron of enterprise, particularly fair trade.
Height:
1.2cm
Width:
1.2cm
Credit Line:
Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville
Other Number:
1959   -   Sommerville Gem Number
108   -   Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Bibliography:

[Book] Berges, Dietrich. 2002. Antike Siegel und Glasgemmen der Sammlung Maxwell Sommerville: im University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 78. : Page/Fig./Plate: 34
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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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