University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: B14531
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Sassanian
Provenience: Iraq
Date Made: 99-0 BC
Early Date: 99
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Agate
Technique:Intaglio
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other NumberPBS XIV: 1039 - Other Number
512 / 513 - Sommerville Gem Number
29-128-512 / 29-128-513 - Old Museum Number
39 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)
CBS14531 - Other Number

Description

Sommerville 512 (1889): Carnelian. Intaglio Seal. Impression is Sommerville 513

PBS XIV: A winged Eros riding whip in hand on the back of a galloping lion, which he heads with the left. The hind legs of the lion are treading on a three headed club, like a burning torch, while a bee or butterfly is hovering above and hurrying in hot pursuit. The whole scene is a marvel of minute engraving as well as a beautiful poem of love.
“C. VOLCACI. C.F.”
Ring shaped seal. Carnelian, 15 x 8 ½ mm. MS Coll.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Cameo and Intaglio: Engraved Gems from the Sommerville Collection (30 Nov 1956 - 31 Mar 1957)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Legrain, Leon. 1925. The Culture of the Babylonians. Volume XIV.View Objects related to this Bibliographic Reference
[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. : Page/Fig./Plate: 699, #512, plate 40View Objects related to this Bibliographic Reference
[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1956. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: #39View Objects related to this Bibliographic Reference

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