University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 29-128-965
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Imperial Roman Period
Late Date: 238
Iconography:Roman Emperor
Height: 2.6cm
Width: 2.1cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number965 - Sommerville Gem Number
290 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)


Laureate head of an Imperial personage facing 3/4 right. Sommerville identifies him as Maximinus, 30th Emperor of Rome. (A.D. 235-238). Cameo signed by Greek artist and reverse shows a figure of Victory holding up palm and wreath intaglio. The figure appears to have been copied from contemporary coins.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Year of Color: Stone and Marble from Antiquity to the Present (19 Aug 2014 - Aug 2015)View Objects in Exhibition
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. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: no. 290View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1889. Catalogue Raisonne of the Sommerville Collection of Engraved Gems: A Descriptive List of Cameos, Intaglios, Seals, Rings, Amulets, Talismans, etc. Forming a Compend of Greek and Roman Mythology and Classical History. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 732, no. 965, pl. 59View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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