University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-2128
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Manufacture Location: Alexandria
Egypt (uncertain)
Period: 16th Century
17th Century
Materials:Lapis Lazuli
Height: 2.3 cm
Width: 1.8 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:2128 - Sommerville Gem Number
55 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)


Vermeule: Intaglio. Lapis. (Modern base metal ring setting). Female, perhaps Aphrodite, sacrificing at a rustic altar. An elderly bearded man assists her and an Eros stands at right, holding a long torch. Alexandrine style, comparable to finds at Begram in Afghanistan. Plaster impression. Late Hellenistic.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Year of Color: Stone and Marble from Antiquity to the Present (19 Aug 2014 - Aug 2015) View Objects in Exhibition
Cameo and Intaglio: Engraved Gems from the Sommerville Collection (30 Nov 1956 - 31 Mar 1957) View Objects in Exhibition
The Classical World: Rome ( Apr 1958 - 1975) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Berges, Dietrich. 2011. Höchste Schönheit und einfache Grazie. Klassizistische Gemmen und Kameen der Sammlung Maxwell Sommerville im University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia PA.. Rahden. Verlag Marie Leidorf GMbH. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 172, fig. 13, pl. 50, 53View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1956. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 55View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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