University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Dietrich Berges

Hidden Treasures from the Vault

Engraved Gems from the Maxwell Sommerville Collection

By: Dietrich Berges

Jewel and precious stones are normally kept in the Museum vault or behind bullet-proof glass. It is unusual, however, for an entire collection of engraved gems—often in exquisitely worked settings—to be kept from public view, languishing in obscurity for decades. The background to this story is long, and leads back into the 19th century. It introduces […]