University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-128-2013
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Roman
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Imperial Roman Period
Date Made: 200-299 AD
Early Date: 200
Late Date: 299
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Sard
Silver
Technique:Intaglio
Iconography:Cart
Elephants
Mahout
Cage
Baby Elephant
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number2013 - Sommerville Gem Number
257 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Description

(Modern silvered ring setting) A cart going to right, pulled by two elephants and driven by a mahout. On the cart is a cage in which there appears a baby elephant. The cutting of the stone indicates that this is Roman work of the III A.D. A similar scene appears on one of the recently discovered early IVth Cent. A.D. mosaics in the Villa at Piazza Armerina, Sicily.


Bibliography:

[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1950. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 257View Objects cited in this Publication

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