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Object Number:29-128-563
Current Location: Rome Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Late Antique Period
Date Made: 300-399 AD
Early Date: 300
Late Date: 399
Materials:Green Jasper
Iconography:Alexander the Great
Height: 5.5 cm
Width: 10 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:563 - Sommerville Gem Number
306 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Cameo and Intaglio: Engraved Gems from the Sommerville Collection (30 Nov 1956 - 31 Mar 1957) View Objects in Exhibition
Classical World - Roman World (15 Mar 2003) 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. 306View 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. 704, no. 563, pl. 49View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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