University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-12
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Neoclassical
Date Made: 1700-1850
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1850
Height: 5.6 cm
Width: 4.3 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:12 - Sommerville Gem Number
486 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)


Sommerville: Chalcedony Onyx - Venus caressing Ganymedes and instructing him for the high destiny to which he was called. Greek and Roman Cameos, Case B. Vermeule1956 : Venus, Jupiter, Eagle and Ganymede. The latter standing at right with a Phrygian or Amazon (pelta) shield. A vase, symbolic of Ganymede's future task as cup-bearer to the gods lies on the ground at the right. Composition has antique source. Exhibit: Mediterranean, 1700-1850 Neoclassical. Calcedony; Onyx Cameo

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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


[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. 486View 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: p. 667, no. 12, pl. 3View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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