University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-2245
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Renaissance
Date Made: 1500-1699
Early Date: 1500
Late Date: 1699
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Sardonyx
Gold
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Aeneas
Anchises
Ascanius
Height: 3.7 cm
Width: 3.6 cm
Depth: 1 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:2245 - Sommerville Gem Number
368 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Description

Vermeule: Sardonyx. Cameo. (Circular gold pendant setting) which fitted into a backing. Aeneus carrying Anchises from Troy in burning ruins behind him. Ascanius trots along ahead to left. Possibly used as cover for a box containing a scent or (pomander) ridge along gold rim suggests this fitted into another piece.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Cameo and Intaglio: Engraved Gems from the Sommerville Collection (30 Nov 1956 - 31 Mar 1957) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Berges, Dietrich. 2011. Höchste Schönheit und einfache Grazie. Klassizistische Gemmen und Kameen der Sammlung Maxwell Sommerville im University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia PA.. Rahden. Verlag Marie Leidorf GMbH. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 168, fig. 1, pl. 36View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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. 368View 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

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