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Ring

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Object Number:
29-128-2013
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Roman
Provenience:
Mediterranean
Period:
Imperial Roman Period
Date Made:
200-299 AD
Early Date:
200
Late Date:
299
Section:
Mediterranean
Materials:
Sard
Silver
Technique:
Intaglio
Iconography:
Cart
Elephants
Mahout
Cage
Baby Elephant
Description:
(Modern silvered ring setting) A cart going to right, pulled by two elephants and driven by a mahout. On the cart is a cage in which there appears a baby elephant. The cutting of the stone indicates that this is Roman work of the III A.D. A similar scene appears on one of the recently discovered early IVth Cent. A.D. mosaics in the Villa at Piazza Armerina, Sicily.
Credit Line:
Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville
Other Number:
2013   -   Sommerville Gem Number
257   -   Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Bibliography:

[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1950. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
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