Location: On Display in the Rome Gallery

From: Mediterranean

Curatorial Section: Mediterranean

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Object Number 29-128-563
Current Location Rome Gallery - On Display
Culture Roman
Provenience Mediterranean
Period Late Antique Period | Imperial
Date Made 300-399 CE
Section Mediterranean
Materials Green Jasper
Technique Intaglio
Iconography Alexander the Great | Nero | Inscription

Sommerville: Green Jasper. Intaglio. Abraxas. Abraxas, Gnostic Gems, Etc, Case HH.

Vermeule: Green Jasper. Intaglio. (Unmounted). Facing bust of the sun: above a hybrid marine creature (fish? crcocodile?) and flanked by laureate draped busts of an imperial nature. One could represent Alexander the great; the one on the right seems to show features of Nero as known from his coins. Both these romantic figures were popular in IVth century AD art, particularly on contoriates or political jetons. Inscription: Omega Delta over Xi Delta Upsilon. 1956 exhibition #306.

Height 5.5 cm
Width 10 cm
Credit Line Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number 563 - Sommerville Gem Number

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