University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-128-2222
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Mediterranean
Period: Neoclassical
Date Made: 1700-1850
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1850
Iconography:Alexander the Great
Height: 2.5 cm
Width: 1.9 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:2222 - Sommerville Gem Number
545 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)


Vermeule: Chalcedony-Sardonyx. Cameo. Filleted or diademed bust of Alexander the Great to right. The portrait is copied from sculptures of the Hellenistic and Roman periods which show the more dramatic emotional portrayal if the young conquerer. The cameo recalls, among ancient portraits, the over-lifesize marble head of Alexander in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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


[Book] Berges, Dietrich. 2011. Höchste Schönheit und einfache Grazie. Klassizistische Gemmen und Kameen der Sammlung Maxwell Sommerville im University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia PA.. Rahden. Verlag Marie Leidorf GMbH. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 260, fig. 182, pl. 301View 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. 545View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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