University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-228
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Western Europe
Manufacture Location: Western Europe
Period: Byzantine
Materials:Green Jasper
Iconography:Roman Emperor
Length: 6.6 cm
Width: 4.6 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:228 - Sommerville Number
338 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)


Sommerville: Oriental green jasper. Justinian, surnamed the Great, Emperor of Constantinople, AD 527 - 565, husband of the beautiful actress Theodora. Greek and Roman Cameos, Case N. Vermeule: Oriental Green Jasper. Cameo. (Pendant gold setting which once fitted in a box?). Laureate draped bust of bearded man to left., identified by Sommerville as Emperor Justinian (527-565 A.D.) and certainly appearing to represent a ruler of the Middle Ages. Perhaps also intended for an ancient ruler as seen in Middle Ages.

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. 338View 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. 682, no. 228View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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