University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-955
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Roman
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Republican Roman Period
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Onyx
Technique:Intaglio
Iconography:Ulysses
Shrine
Achilles
Troilus
Well?
Shrine?
Inscription
Height: 2.4 cm
Width: 1.9 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:955 - Sommerville Gem Number
86 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Description

Sommerville: Onyx. Ulysses consecrating himself at a shrine before entering the contest for the hand of Penelope. Gold Rings - Intaglios, Case HHH. Vermeule: Onyx. Intaglio. (Modern gilt ring setting and impression) Warrior holding shield and spear approaching a well or shrine at left. He is bearded and wears a crested helmet. Sommerville termed the scene "Ulysses consecrating himself at a shrine before entering the contest for the hand of Penelope" but the scene perhaps represents Achilles lying in wait for Troihus. An inscription appears between warrior and shrine. Roman Republican.


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. 86View 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: pp. 731-732, no. 955, pl. 76View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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