University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-128-923
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: 18th century
19th century
Iconography:Golden Ass
Height: 1.9cm
Width: 1.5cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number923 - Sommerville Gem Number
88 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)


Pale sard, with striations. (gold swivel ring setting). "Lucius the Golden Ass". The ass stands on his hind legs and wears a robe. He turns towards two women.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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


[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. 244, fig. 152, pl. 255, 259View 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. 88View 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. 728, no. 923, pl. 74View Objects cited in this Publication

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