University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-128
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Italian
Provenience: Mediterranean
Manufacture Location: Italy
Period: 19th Century
Date Made: 1800-1899 AD
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Chalcedony
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Fish
Aringa
Length: 1.9 cm
Width: 1.5 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:128 - Sommerville Gem Number
639 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Description

Sommerville: Chalceony - an amulet or talisman cameo. Greek and Roman Cameos, Case H. Vermeule: Chalcedony. Cameo (gilt amulet setting with loop) this appears to be glass mounted on chalcedony. "an Amulet or Talisman cameo (amuleto della Fecundita e Propagazione). The symbol used is an "aringa", a fish that in Italy deposits from thirty to forty thousand eggs annually. "aringa" is a herring according to an Italian dictionary.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

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

Bibliography:

[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1956. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 639View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1889. Engraved Gems: Their History and an Elaborate View of Their Place In Art.. Maxwell Sommerville. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 675, no. 128, pl. 8View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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