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Object Number: 29-128-2023
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Graeco-Roman
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Graeco-Roman Period
Date Made: 50 BC-AD 400
Early Date: -50
Late Date: 400
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Jasper
Gold
Technique:Intaglio
Iconography:Eros
Biga
Swan
Height: 1.2cm
Width: 1cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number2023 - Sommerville Gem Number
128 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Description

Red Jasper. (Modern gold ring setting) Cupid driving a biga of swans to right. The subject occurs in several Graeco-Roman decorative marble reliefs. In an example in Vatican collection Cupid drives a biga of boars, in other instances animals are dromedaries, stags, owls and even geese.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Cameo and Intaglio: Engraved Gems from the Sommerville Collection (30 Nov 1956 - 31 Mar 1957)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1950. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 128View Objects cited in this Publication

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