University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-128-1192
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Graeco-Roman
Provenience: Mediterranean
Date Made: 50 BC-AD 400
Early Date: -50
Late Date: 400
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Glass
Technique:Intaglio
Iconography:Phaethon
Helios' Chariot
Heliadae
Apollo Helios
Chariot
Tellus
Oceanus
Length: 3.2cm
Width: 2.6cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number1192 - Sommerville Number
99 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)
GL01b (ancient glass project) - Other Number

Description

Glass: antique iridescent. (Unmounted) Helios or Apollo driving the chariot of the sun. The cloak of the heavens flutters behind his head, and Tellus (earth) and Oceanus recline below. The scene copies some Graeco-Roman painting, the arrangement of the horses left and right recalling mosaics and coins of the period ca. 150-275 A.D.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

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

Bibliography:

[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1950. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 99View 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. 744, no. 1192View Objects cited in this Publication

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