University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-128-2128
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Neoclassical
Provenience: Mediterranean
Manufacture Location: Alexandria
Egypt (uncertain)
Period: 16th Century
17th Century
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Lapis Lazuli
Metal
Technique:Intaglio
Iconography:Aphrodite
Eros
Height: 2.3cm
Width: 1.8cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number2128 - Sommerville Gem Number
55 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Description

(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.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

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

Bibliography:

[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. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 172, fig. 13, pl. 50, 53View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1950. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 55View Objects cited in this Publication

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