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Gem

Object Number:29-128-329
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Neoclassical
Date Made: 1700-1850
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1850
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Sardonyx
Technique:Cameo
Iconography:Aelius Caesar
Dionysos
Bacchus
Height: 2.1 cm
Width: 1.4 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:329 - Sommerville Gem Number

Description

Sommerville: Sardonyx. Aelius Caesar, adopted by the Emperor Hadrian, who allowed hiim to take the title of Caesar. Greek and Roman Cameos, Case S.

Vermeule: Sardonyx. Cameo. (Broken across bottom to imitate antique work). Bust, probably representing the young Bacchus, facing to right. Head is identified by Sommerville as a portrait of Aelius Caesar, adopted son of Hadrian.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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

Bibliography:

[Book] Berges, Dietrich K. 2011. Höchste Schönheit und einfache Grazie. Klassizistische Gemmen und Kameen der Sammlung Maxwell Sommerville im University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia PA.. Rahden. Verlag Marie Leidorf GMbH. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 188, fig. 43, pl. 92View Objects related to this Actual 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. 455View 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. 687, no. 329View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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