University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-128-7
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Christian
Merovignian
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Middle Ages
Date Made: 300-800 AD
Early Date: 300
Late Date: 800
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Marble (Stone)
Gold
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Isaac
Abraham
Length: 3cm
Width: 2.4cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number7 - Sommerville Number

Description

The sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham: deeply cut. Early Christian probably 4th century A.D. Sommerville terms the golden mount Merovingian. See Sommerville catalogue. Setting said to be Nerovingian of the VI or VII century stone. Sommerville gives a full history of the stone and comments by various savants when he exhibited it in Paris and Rome in 1881.


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: pp. 663-664, no. 7, pl. 3View Objects cited in this Publication

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