University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-309
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Neoclassical
Date Made: 1700-1850
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1850
Serpent Staff
Height: 3.6 cm
Width: 2.5 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:309 - Sommerville Gem Number
442 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)


Sommerville: Sardonyx. Aesculapius, "the blameless physician," son of Apollo and Coronis; also, the god of the medical art. Greek and Roman Cameos, Case S. Vermeule: Sardonyx. Cameo. (Unmounted). Aesculapius standing to right, holding serpent staff at his right side. Cameo copies a IVth later statuary type which was much copied by the Romans. Broken into 2 pieces.

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.. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 442View 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. 686-687, no. 309, pl. 20View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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