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: 2.3cm
Width: 1.8cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number2128 - Sommerville Gem Number
55 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)


(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:

Year of Color: Stone and Marble from Antiquity to the Present (19 Aug 2014 - Aug 2015)View Objects in Exhibition
The Classical World: Rome ( Apr 1958 - 1975)View Objects in Exhibition
Cameo and Intaglio: Engraved Gems from the Sommerville Collection (30 Nov 1956 - 31 Mar 1957)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. 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. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 55View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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