University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-128-374
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Neoclassical
Date Made: 1700-1850
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1850
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Onyx
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Jove
Zeus
Heracles
Height: 1.4cm
Width: 2.5cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number374 - Sommerville Gem Number

Description

Onyx. Cameo. (Unmounted). Laureate bust of a Greek divinity facing slightly to right., in high relief. Sommerville terms him Zeus. The inspiration, however, is a Roman bust of Herakles such as the colossal example in the British Museum.


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. 690, no. 374View Objects cited in this Publication

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