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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: 5.5cm
Width: 10cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number563 - Sommerville Gem Number
306 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)


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:

Roman World (15 Mar 2003)View Objects in Exhibition
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. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 306View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1889. Catalogue Raisonne of the Sommerville Collection of Engraved Gems: A Descriptive List of Cameos, Intaglios, Seals, Rings, Amulets, Talismans, etc. Forming a Compend of Greek and Roman Mythology and Classical History. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 704, no. 563, pl. 49View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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