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Gem

Swivel Ring

Object Number:29-128-1959
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Italic
Campanian
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Graeco-Roman Period
Date Made: 50 BCE-400 CE
Early Date: -50
Late Date: 400
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Sard
Gold
Technique:Intaglio
Iconography:Athena
Ship's Prow
Rudder
Cornucopia
Corn
Inscription
Height: 1.2 cm
Width: 1.2 cm
Depth: 2.9 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:1959 - Sommerville Gem Number

Description

Vermeule: Carnelian. Intaglio. (Modern gold swivel ring setting) Minerva seated to left, on a ship prow, holds grain ears and rudder in right hand, a cornucopia in left. Inscription in Latin letters A. MICUS. Allusion is probably to Rome's overseas commerce. Minerva like Mercury was a patron of enterprise, particularly fair trade. Graeco-Roman.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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

Bibliography:

[Book] Berges, Dietrich K. 2002. Antike Siegel und Glasgemmen der Sammlung Maxwell Sommerville: im University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Mainz am Rhein. Verlag Philipp von Zabern. pg. 78 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 34, no. 92; taf. 21View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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. 108View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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