University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-1192
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Date Made: 50 BC-AD 400
Early Date: -50
Late Date: 400
Helios' Chariot
Apollo Helios
Length: 3.2 cm
Width: 2.6 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:1192 - Sommerville Number
99 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)
GL01b (ancient glass project) - Other Number


Sommerville: Antique iridescent glass intaglio. The Fall of Phaethon, at the moment when the horses are becoming unmanageable. Antique Pastes, Case VVV. Vermeule: Glass: antique iridescent. Intaglio. (Unmounted) Helios or Apollo driving the chariot of the sun. The cloak of the heavens flutters behind his head, and Tellus (earth) and Oceanus recline below. The scene copies some Graeco-Roman painting, the arrangement of the horses left and right recalling mosaics and coins of the period ca. 150-275 A.D. Graeco-Roman.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Cameo and Intaglio: Engraved Gems from the Sommerville Collection (30 Nov 1956 - 31 Mar 1957) View Objects in Exhibition
The Classical World: Rome ( Apr 1958 - 1975) 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. 99View 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. 744, no. 1192View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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