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Gem

Object Number:29-128-868
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Greek
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Hellenistic Period (uncertain)
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Sard
Technique:Intaglio
Iconography:Warrior
Helmet
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:868 - Sommerville Gem Number

Description

Sommerville: Sardonyx. Helmeted head of a Wallachian Soldier. Intaglios and Their Imprints, Case BBB.

Vermeule: Pale sard. Intaglio. (Unmounted) Helmeted head of a bearded Greek ruler of the IV B.C. or later. The curious style of the helmet which terminates in a ram's horn and has an Armenian-type headdress at the top, suggests that he is an East Greek prince or perhaps even a Persian satyr such as those appearing in realistic portraits on Greek tetradrachma of the end of the Vth cent. B.C. Greek or Hellenistic.

Bibliography:

[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. 722, no. 868, pl. 69View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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