University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-1429
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Roman
Gnostic
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Late Antique Period
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Chalcedony
Gold
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Priapus
Inscription
Height: 2.4 cm
Width: 1.8 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:1429 - Sommerville Gem Number
311 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Description

Sommerville: Chalcedony. Cameo ring. A Gnostic adaptation of Amen-Ra's Priapean characteristic to Jupiter Serapis. Abraxas, Case AAAAA. Vermeule: Chalcedony. Cameo. (Gold ring setting: reset in gilt ring core) Terminal figure of Priapus facing to right. The inscription running about refers to the so-called Gnostic-Trinity "To Thee, Father Zeus, To Hades and to Helios."


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. 311View 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. 766, no. 1429View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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