University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-123
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Roman
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Imperial Roman Period
Date Made: early 1 st c. AD
Early Date: 0
Late Date: 0
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Onyx
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Hadrian
Male Head
Septimus Severus?
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:123 - Sommerville Gem Number
289 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Description

Sommerville: Onyx. Hadria, 14th emperor of Rome. Fragment of a grand antique cameo. Greek and Roman Cameos, Case H. Vermeule: Sardonyx broken on all but the upper left side which is finished and curved. The head of the personage represented in divineguise has been repaired with heavy gold leaf. He appears to have beem enthroned to right; wears aegis about neck and holds long sceptre in right hand. Wore a laurel wreath about head and the ends of the fillet remain. He was bearded from what remains of the face. We appear to have the emperor Septimus Severus (193-211 AD) in divine guise.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

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

Bibliography:

[Article] Berges, Dietrich. 1999. "Hidden Treasures from the Vault: Engraved Gems from the Maxwell Sommerville Collection". Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Vol. 41. no. 1. pg. 17-28 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 20, fig. 7View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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. 289View 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. 674, no. 123, pl. 7View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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