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Object Number: 29-128-3B
Current Location: Classical World Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Imperial Roman Period
Date Made: 300-400 AD
Early Date: 300
Late Date: 400
Iconography:Constantine the Great
Height: 11cm
Length: 15cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number259 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)0516 - Cast Number


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Worlds Intertwined: Classical World Introduction (14 Mar 2003)View Objects in Exhibition
Roman Sculpture Gallery (1975 - 2000)View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1950. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 259View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1896. A monograph on the antique cameo "The triumph of Constantine", formerly in the cabinet of Catherine II of Russia.View Objects cited in this Publication

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