University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Heather Hughes

A Hidden Gem at the Penn Museum

What in the World

By: Heather Hughes

Thanks to the voracious collecting habits of Maxwell Sommerville (1829–1904), the Penn Museum boasts an impressive collection of engraved gems. The former head of the Philadelphia-based publishing firm Sherman & Co., Sommerville fancied himself a glyptic scholar. His collection of 3,300 gems was donated to the Museum upon his death in 1904, but the presence of numerous obvious […]