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Gem

Object Number:29-128-589
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Western European
Byzantine
Provenience: Mediterranean
Manufacture Location: Venice (Italy)
Period: Medieval Period (uncertain)
Byzantine Period (uncertain)
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Enamel (uncertain)
Paste (uncertain)
Iconography:Christ
Virgin Mary
Saint John
Cross
Inscription
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:589 - Sommerville Gem Number

Description

Sommerville: Antique red enamel. Interesting Byzantine Cameo, about the seventh century. At this epoch one first finds Christ on the Cross. Byzantine, Case II.

Vermeule: Red enamel paste? Christ on cross between Virgin Mary and St. John. Inscription IC XC above at left and right. Style similar to that of #580 but perhaps Byzantine rather than Western European.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Byzantine Studies Conference Mini-Exhibition (08 Oct 2010 - 10 Oct 2010) 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. 706, no. 589, pl. 51View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1901. Engraved Gems.. Philadelphia. D. Biddle. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 70View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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