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Object Number:29-128-63
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Italian
Provenience: Mediterranean
Manufacture Location: Italy
Period: Renaissance
Date Made: 1500-1599
Early Date: 1500
Late Date: 1500-1599
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Jasper
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Athena
Inscription
Length: 4.9 cm
Width: 3.8 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:63 - Sommerville Gem Number

Description

Sommerville: Red Jasper - Athene, with abbreviated Greek Inscription on obverse on helmet and legend above head: "Smyrna, Phocaea, Lebedes, Klaros, Eretria, Chalics, Teos, Mycale, Colophon, Ephesus, Priene, Myonnesus, Miletus". Also on Reverse."Gift from the league of the Ionian cities to the shrine of the Clarean Apollo in Lebedes." Vermeule: Red Jasper. Cameo. (Unmounted) Helmeted head of Athena to the right. For the lengthy inscriptions on obverse and reverse, see Sommerville pp 670 f. Italian Renaissance, probably 16th Century.


Bibliography:

[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. ed. 1st. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 124, fig. 112View 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: pp. 670-671, no. 63, pl. 4View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Berges, Dietrich. 1999. "Hidden Treasures from the Vault: Engraved Gems from the Maxwell Sommerville Collection". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Vol. 41. no. 1. pg. 17-28 : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 20, fig. 6View Objects related to this

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