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Object Number:29-128-901
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Graeco-Roman
Provenience: Mediterranean
Maker: Dioscurides
Period: Imperial Roman Period
Date Made: 50 BC-AD 400
Early Date: -50
Late Date: 400
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Gold
Sardonyx
Technique:Intaglio
Iconography:Bull
Signature
Height: 1.4 cm
Width: 1.2 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:901 - Sommerville Gem Number
231 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)

Description

Sommerville: Sard. Intaglio ring. A bull. A magnificient incision by the renowned Dioscorides, a Greek gem-engraver of the time of Emperor Augustus, whose portrait he engraved; which gem was used by Augustus and several of his successors as their signet. Gold Rings - Intaglios, Case EEE. Vermeule: Sard. Intaglio. (Modern gold ring setting, broken and mended) Bull butting to left., crescent above. Signed in exerque in Greek letters. Sommerville identifies this as a gem by the renowned Dioscurides. Greek gem engraver of the time of Augustus whose portrait he engraved.


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. 2002. Antike Siegel und Glasgemmen der Sammlung Maxwell Sommerville: im University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Mainz am Rhein. Verlag Philipp von Zabern. pg. 78 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 35, no. 102; taf. 22View 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. 231View 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. 725, no. 901, pl. 72View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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