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Gem

Object Number:
29-128-3B
Current Location:
Classical World Gallery
Culture:
Roman
Provenience:
Mediterranean
Period:
Imperial Roman Period
Neoclassical
Date Made:
300-400 AD
Early Date:
300
Late Date:
400
Section:
Mediterranean
Materials:
Sardonyx
Technique:
Cameo
Iconography:
Constantine the Great
Triumph
Description:
Sardonyx cameo cut gem showing the triumph of Constantine the Great. Dark brown sardonyx with white spots. Oval with flat back and high frontal relief. Raised ground line. Left to right: Legionaries in backfround (not visible) with spears, fasces and standards. Two women guide horses/quadriga. Emperor standing in chariot with reins in left hand and scroll in right. Winged Victory behind, crowning Emperor. Man and woman follow chariot.
Height:
11cm
Length:
15cm
Credit Line:
Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville
Other Number:
259   -   Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)
0516   -   Cast Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Worlds Intertwined: Classical World Introduction (14 Mar 2003)
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Roman Sculpture Gallery (1975 - 2000)
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Bibliography:

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