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    Eight studies of antique (intaglio and one cameo) gems.
    No. 427:
    Achilles (a warrior) arming.
    No. 428:
    A young warrior leaning on a reversed spear.
    No. 429:
    A warrior carrying a comrade's body ("Menelaus with the body of Patroclus")
    No. 430:
    The flight of Aeneas, represented in orthodox schema.
    No. 431:
    Two standing figures (a woman and a man?) clasping hands in gesture of concordia.
    No. 432:
    A warrior sacrificing (? - rendered as Gaius Mucius Scaevola burning his right hand over the altar before King Porsena: Livy, ii, 12 and 13).
    No. 433
    (A damaged gem; the upper third missing). Mars (?) guarding a bound Eastern captive beneath a trophy.
    No. 434:
    Warriors carrying shields (?) - Interpreted as an Etruscan version of the Ancilia ceremony performed in March by the Salii, priests of Mars.
    All are pencil and brown wash on white.


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    • Height: 85 millimetres ((ca. 85) nos.427-433)
    • Width: 65 millimetres (nos.427-433)
    • Height: 66 millimetres (no. 434)
    • Width: 85 millimetres (no. 434)
  • Curator's comments

    No. 427:
    Cp. Reinach, Pierres Gravees, pl. 61, Gori II, no. 57-2; Maffei, Gemme Antiche, IV, fig. 8 ("Cincinnatus"; onyx).

    No. 429:
    Cp. Montfaucon, IV, 1, pl. VIII, 3 (after Maffei and reversed); also Reinach, Pierres Gravees, pl. 63, Gori II, no. 62-2; Maffei, Gemme Antiche, IV, fig. 40 ("Caritas Militaris").

    No. 430:
    Probably the gem which is also Montfaucon, I, Suppl., pl. LXIX, i (after Maffei), and Reinach, Pierres Gravees, pl. 55, Gori II, No. 30-2; Maffei, Gemme Antiche, IV, fig. 4 (onyx).

    No. 431:
    Cp. Reinach, Pierres Gravees, pl. 47, Gori I, nos. 100-6 to 100-9, all reversed.

    No. 432:
    Cp. the intaglios, Gorlaeus, Dactyliothecae, I, no. 14; II, nos. 206, 207. Our stone is Reinach, Pierres Gravees, pl. 61, Gori II, no. 57-1; Maffei, Gemme Antiche, IV, fig. 10.

    No. 433:
    Montfaucon, IV, 1, pl. XCVII, no. 4 (reversed and after Maffei); Maffei, Gemme Antiche, IV fig. 15 (cameo).

    [this information from: C. C. Vermeule, The Dal Pozzo-Albani Drawings in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities of the British Museum (type-written manuscript in G&R)]


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  • Additional IDs

    • Vol.II, fol. 87, nos. 427-434 (Franks)


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