University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-128-123
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Imperial Roman Period
Date Made: early 1 st c. AD
Early Date: 0
Late Date: 0
Male Head
Septimus Severus?
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number123 - Sommerville Gem Number
289 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)


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


[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1956. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 289View 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. 674, no. 123, pl. 7View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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. 41 (1): 17-28. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 20, fig. 7View Objects related to this

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