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Gem

Object Number:
29-128-563
Current Location:
Rome Gallery
Culture:
Roman
Provenience:
Mediterranean
Period:
Late Antique Period
Imperial
Date Made:
300-399 AD
Early Date:
300
Late Date:
399
Section:
Mediterranean
Materials:
Green Jasper
Technique:
Intaglio
Iconography:
Alexander the Great
Nero
Inscription
Description:
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.
Height:
5.5cm
Width:
10cm
Credit Line:
Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville
Other Number:
563   -   Sommerville Gem Number
306   -   Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Roman World (15 Mar 2003)
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Bibliography:

[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1950. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
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[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1877. Engraved Gems : Their Place in the History of Art.
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