University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-1501
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Neoclassical
Date Made: 1700-1850 AD
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1850
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Chrysoprase
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Zeus Aegiochus
Jupiter Aegiochus
Oak Wreath
Aegis
Height: 16.6 cm
Width: 13 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:1501 - Sommerville Gem Number
468 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Description

Vermeule: Chrysoprase, cameo cut gem, unmounted. Oak-wreathered bust of Zeus (Zeus / Jupiter Aegiochus) facing, an aegis over his left shoulder. Considered one of the major surviving ancient cameos by Sommerville. This gem was termed a "modern forgery" by A. Furtwangler. it is based on a large ancient cameo (Sommerville publication states aegis over shoulder; original card incorrectly states eagle)


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Year of Color: Stone and Marble from Antiquity to the Present (19 Aug 2014 - Aug 2015) View Objects in Exhibition
Cameo and Intaglio: Engraved Gems from the Sommerville Collection (30 Nov 1956 - 31 Mar 1957) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1956. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 468View 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 CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1889. Manual Descriptive of a Collection of Talismans Engraved on Stones and Metals of Various Countries and Epochs, Illustrative of What Man has Worn for his Protection from Accident and Disease; Also, Ancient Gems, Babylonian Cylinders, Persian Seals, etc.. Philadelphia. Department of Archaeology and Paleontology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 40View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1901. Engraved Gems.. Philadelphia. D. Biddle. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 90-93View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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