University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-128-187
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Neoclassical
Date Made: 1700-1850
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1850
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Chalcedony
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Plato
Butterfly Wing
Dionysis-Sabzions
Length: 2cm
Width: 1.5cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number187 - Sommerville Number

Description

Chalcedony. Cameo. (Unmounted). Filleted bust of an elderly bearded type of the Vth B.C. facing to left. Two butterfly wings in the hair above the ear. Sommerville suggests Plato, but ancient gems occassionally show Dionysos-Sabsions with the attribute of the butterfly.


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. 680, no. 187View Objects cited in this Publication

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