University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-128-691
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Neoclassical
Date Made: 1700-1850 AD
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1850
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Red Jasper
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Callimachus
Inscription
Height: 3.2cm
Width: 2.3cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number691 - Sommerville Gem Number
551 - Other Number

Description

Cameo. (Unmounted). Callimachus, the Greek sculptor and architect, inventor of the Corinthian capital from which his bust springs. Three linked wreaths and the inscription [ ] appear to left and right. The features are imaginary, being based perhaps on a Roman 2nd. century A.D. marble bust springing from an acanthus-leaf support.


Bibliography:

[Book] Berges, Dietrich. 2011. Höchste Schönheit und einfache Grazie. Klassizistische Gemmen und Kameen der Sammlung Maxwell Sommerville im University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia PA. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 252, fig. 165, pl. 278View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1950. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 551View Objects cited in this Publication
[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. 712, no. 691, pl. 62View Objects cited in this Publication

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