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Object Number:29-128-928
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Imperial Roman Period
Date Made: 100-199 AD
Early Date: 100
Late Date: 199
Height: 1.5 cm
Width: 1.9 cm
Outside Diameter:2 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:0928 - Sommerville Gem Number


Sommerville: Pale Sard. Cybele, deity of the Earth, on a decorated car drawn by two elephants, with riders, etc. Superbly fine intaglio. Gold Rings - Intaglios, Case GGG.

Vermeule: Pale Sard. Intaglio.(Modern gold ring setting) A procession to left, an elephant biga with mahouts pulling a decorated cart on which appears a cult statue of a Roman goddess, perhaps Annona holding corn ears. Roman Imperial of second century A.D. finely carved. cf the Roman sard with nearly identical treatment of the subject, British Museum.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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


[Book] Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2014. History of the World in 1,000 Objects.. London. Dorling Kindersley Limited. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 87View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Richter, Gisela M. 1956. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Catalogue of Engraved Gems: Greek, Etruscan and Roman.. Rome. L'Erma di Bretschneider. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: nos. 348-349View Objects related to this Type Citation
[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1956. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 256View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Lippold, Georg. 1922. Gemmen und Kameen des Altertums und der Neuzeit.. Stuttgart. Julius Hoffmann. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pl. 73, no. 9View Objects related to this Type 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. 728, no. 928, pl. 76View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Smith, A. H., and Murray, Alexander S. 1888. A Catalogue of Engraved Gems in the British museum (Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities.).. London. British Museum Press. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 1617View Objects related to this Type Citation

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