University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-573
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Roman
Gnostic
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Late Antique Period
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Hematite
Technique:Intaglio
Iconography:Cock-Head God
Snake
Height: 4.2 cm
Width: 3.2 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:573 - Sommerville Gem Number
314 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Description

Sommerville: Hematite. A grand piece of great value. Intaglio-work equally decorating both convex and flat sides. Abraxas, Gnostic Gems, Etc, Case HH. Vermeule: Hematite. Intaglio. [In scarab form] Unmounted. Convex side: Figure of cock-headed god. Reverse: A snake with radiate crown flanked by birds and animals in threes. For an explanation of the symbolism see Sommerville p. 705 where a charming Victorian interpretation is presented. Amulet


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Magic in the Ancient World (16 Apr 2016 - 30 Apr 2017) View Objects in Exhibition
Cameo and Intaglio: Engraved Gems from the Sommerville Collection (30 Nov 1956 - 31 Mar 1957) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue, Exhibition] Freeman, Michael, and Frame, Grant, and Ousterhout, Robert G. 2016. Magic in the Ancient World.. Philadelphia. pg. 32 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 25View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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. 314View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1901. Engraved Gems.. Philadelphia. D. Biddle. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 60View 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. 705, no. 573, pl. 50View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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