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Object Number:
29-128-95
Current Location:
Collections storage
Provenience:
Mediterranean
Period:
Neoclassical
Section:
Mediterranean
Materials:
Chalcedony
Onyx
Technique:
Cameo
Iconography:
Sappho
Aphrodite?
Description:
Lamda Ny is the Greek abbreviation of the modern cutter's name and should be read L. N. what with some probability means Lorenz Natter, a famous gem cutter from Germany during the middle of the 18th. cen. Alternate description: Bust of a woman of 5th century type facing to right. Sommerville identifies her as Sappho. Neo-Classic, copying an ancient ead, perhaps Aphrodite, which survives in a number of replicas and which has been termed Sappho since the Renaissance.
Length:
2.5cm
Width:
1.8cm
Credit Line:
Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville
Other Number:
95   -   Sommerville Number

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. 248, Fig. 159, Pl. 270
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