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Object Number: 29-128-1181
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Graeco-Roman
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Imperial Roman Period
Date Made: 100-299 AD
Early Date: 100
Late Date: 299
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Paste
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Prince Paris
Goddess
Heracles
Athena
Owl
Length: 2.4cm
Width: 2cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number1181 - Sommerville Number
GL01b (ancient glass project) - Other Number

Description

Glass paste, imitating Sardonyx. (Unmounted) Colors: white on pale red. A mythological scene, Herakles flanked by two women, the one on the right appearing to be slightly stooped and elderly. The one on the left is probably a goddess since an attribute such as an owl (Athena) appears at her feet near the center of the composition. Graeco-Roman. Ist or IInd A.D., imitating a Hellenistic composition.


Bibliography:

[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1889. Catalogue Raisonne of the Sommerville Collection of Engraved Gems: A Descriptive List of Cameos, Intaglios, Seals, Rings, Amulets, Talismans, etc. Forming a Compend of Greek and Roman Mythology and Classical History. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 743, no. 1181View Objects cited in this Publication

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