University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-128-290
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Post Classical
Date Made: 1500-1699
Early Date: 1500
Late Date: 1699
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Sardonyx
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Eros
Cupid
Cart
Goat
Lion
Height: 2.1cm
Width: 1.2cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number290 - Sommerville Gem Number

Description

Chalcedony-Onyx. Cameo. (Unmounted). Eros driving a cart to the right. The cart is drawn by a goat and a lion, symbolic of the power of love. Sommerville adds the quotation "He drives not only the lascivious but the strong." 16th or 17th century.


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. 685, no. 290, pl. 60, 97View Objects cited in this Publication

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