Late Antique Period
Alexander the Great
Facing bust of the sun: above a hybrid marine creature (fish? crcocodile?) and flanked by laureate draped busts of an imperial nature. One could represent Alexander the great; the one on the right seems to show features of Nero as known from his coins. Both these romantic figures were popular in IVth century AD art, particularly on contoriates or political jetons. Inscription: Omega Delta over Xi Delta Upsilon. 1956 exhibition #306.
Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville
|563 || - || Sommerville Gem Number|
|306 || - || Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)|
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Roman World (15 Mar 2003)
[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1950. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 306
[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.
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