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Gem

Serpentine

Intaglio

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65110
Object Number:29-128-566
Current Location: Rome Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Roman
Gnostic
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Late Antique Period
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Serpentine
Technique:Intaglio
Iconography:Cock-Head God
Inscription
Height: 0.71 cm
Width: 0.54 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:566 - Sommerville Gem Number

Description

Sommerville: Serpentine. Intaglio. Abraxas, with inscription. Abraxas, Gnostic Gems, Etc, Case HH.

Vermeule: Oval shaped serpentine intaglio. (Unmounted). A terminal figure flanked by a palm tree and a representation of the cock-headed god, his body terminating in a fish tail. Sun and moon above, stars in the field, a landscape and "meaningless" (magical) greek letters below. 1956 Exhibition #315.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Classical World - Roman World (15 Mar 2003) View Objects in Exhibition
Cameo and Intaglio: Engraved Gems from the Sommerville Collection (30 Nov 1956 - 31 Mar 1957) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1956. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 315View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1889. Engraved Gems: Their History and an Elaborate View of Their Place In Art.. Maxwell Sommerville. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 704, no. 566View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1901. Engraved Gems.. Philadelphia. D. Biddle. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: P. 63View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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