University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-2157
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Renaissance
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Sard
Gold
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Alexander the Great?
Commodus?
Antiochus III?
Height: 4.5 cm
Width: 3 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:2157 - Sommerville Gem Number
408 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Description

Vermeule: Sard. Cameo. (Modern gilt pin setting) Three busts facing right. Appear to be copied from Hellenistic and Roman coins. 1. Perhaps Alexander the Great. 2. Perhaps Commodus. 3. Perhaps Antiochus of Syria. Famous artists as well as cameo cutters copied such heads from coins c.g. sketch by Ruheus in Morgan Library, NY.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

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

Bibliography:

[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. 408View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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