University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-128-1959
Current Location: Out on loan
Culture:Italic
Campanian
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Graeco-Roman Period
Date Made: 50 BC-AD 400
Early Date: -50
Late Date: 400
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Sard
Gold
Technique:Intaglio
Iconography:Athena
Ship's Prow
Rudder
Cornucopia
Corn
Inscription
Height: 1.2cm
Width: 1.2cm
Depth: 2.9cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number1959 - Sommerville Gem Number
108 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

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.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Cameo and Intaglio: Engraved Gems from the Sommerville Collection (30 Nov 1956 - 31 Mar 1957)View Objects in Exhibition

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: p. 34, no. 92; taf. 21View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1950. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 108View Objects cited in this Publication

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