University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-128-320
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Sardonyx
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Ares
Athena
Helmet
Hadrian?
Sabina?
Height: 1.4cm
Width: 2.2cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number320 - Sommerville Gem Number

Description

Sardonyx. Cameo. (Unmounted). Jugate busts of Ares and Athena to right, wearing helmets, laurel wreaths, cuirasses and cloaks. The features also suggest an emperor and empress such as Hadrian and Sabina (A.D. 117-135). The stone is perhaps ancient but it also has a somewhat renaissance flavor. Appears to have been cut down and shows breaks on right side.


Bibliography:

[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. 687, no. 320View Objects cited in this Publication

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