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Chalcedony intaglio: Head of Jupiter Ammon

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Chalcedony
Dimensions:
H.: 3/4 x 9/16 in. (2 x 1.5 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Gift of John Taylor Johnston, 1881
Accession Number:
81.6.56
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
The pantheistic head has the ram's horns of Zeus Ammon, the modius headdress of Serapis, and the rays of Sol Invictus.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1920. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style. no. 127, p. 94, pls. 34-35, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. no. 262, p. 66, pl. 38, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Schlüter, Margildis, Gertrud Horster, and Peter Zazoff. 1975. Antike Gemmen in deutschen Sammlungen: Hannover, Kestner-Museum, Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Vol. 4. p. 291, Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981–1999. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vols. 1-8. Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1981. Aara-Aphlad, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 1. Ammon, no. 141, Zürich: Artemis Verlag Zurich und Munchen.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 262, p. 66, pl. 38, color pl. 11, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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