University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-562
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Gnostic
Provenience: Mediterranean
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Hematite
Technique:Intaglio
Iconography:Bulls
Snake
Inscription
Height: 1.2 cm
Width: 1 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:562 - Sommerville Gem Number

Description

Sommerville: Hematite. An Abraxas Seal, both sides inscribed; also an inscription around the edge. Vermeule: Hematite. Intaglio. (Unmounted). Two bulls standing facing each other, a snake rising up from ground between them. Inscribed on obverse and reverse with a Gnostic type inscription to Abraxas. Amulet. Gnostic.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Magic in the Ancient World (16 Apr 2016 - 30 Apr 2017) View Objects in Exhibition

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. 704, no. 562, pl. 50View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1901. Engraved Gems.. Philadelphia. D. Biddle. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 60View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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