University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-128-322
Current Location: Out on loan
Culture:Graeco-Roman
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Imperial Roman Period
Date Made: 300-399 AD
Early Date: 300
Late Date: 399
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Onyx
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Athena
Pallas
Roma
Height: 2cm
Width: 0.8cm
Depth: 0.4cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number322 - Sommerville Gem Number

Description

Onyx. Cameo. (Unmounted). Draped bust of a divinity facing to right. She wears a crested helmet. Sommerville identifies her as Athena, but Dea Roma appears to be intended. Graeco-Roman, probably of the first half of the IV century A.D. when similar representations of Dea Roma appears on imperial medallions and coins.


Bibliography:

[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1889. Catalogue Raisonne of the Sommerville Collection of Engraved Gems: A Descriptive List of Cameos, Intaglios, Seals, Rings, Amulets, Talismans, etc. Forming a Compend of Greek and Roman Mythology and Classical History. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 687, no. 322View Objects cited in this Publication

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