Imperial Roman Period
Constantine the Great
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.
Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville
|259 || - || Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)|
|0516 || - || Cast Number|
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Worlds Intertwined: Classical World Introduction (14 Mar 2003)
Roman Sculpture Gallery (1975 - 2000)
[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1950. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 259
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1896. A monograph on the antique cameo "The triumph of Constantine", formerly in the cabinet of Catherine II of Russia.
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