- Museum number
Intaglio; sard; engraved with: to left, beneath tree extending over half gem, figure with hands raised in attitude of prayer, Daniel between the lions?; in middle, Good Shepherd carrying the sheep across his shoulders, at his feet are two sheep and below, two fish; above head is star; monogram beneath right arm, towards which flies dove holding olive branch; right: story of Jonah, with ship, the monster and prophet reclining beneath the gourd which extends over a great part of the stone, almost meeting the tree; between the two is a star; mounted in gold ring.
- Production date
Length: 16 millimetres
Thickness: 2.50 millimetres
Width: 16 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
Garrucci, Storia dell' arte crisstiana, vi, pl. 477, fig. 8; Perret, Les Catacombes de Rome, iv, pl. xvi, fig. 8; H. Leclerq, Manuel d'archéologie chrétienne, ii, fig. 273; see also Smith and Cheetham, Dict. of Christian Antiquities, i, p. 717, and Rev. Arch., 1883, p. 300, pl. xii, fig. 6. P.C. Finney,' Abbe James Hamilton: antiquary, patron of the arts, Victorian Anglo-Catholic', in C. Entwistle (ed.), Through a Glass Brightly: Studies in Byzantine and Medieval Art and Archaeology presented to David Buckton (Oxford, 2003), 194, nr 3, pl.11.1; A. Demandt and J. Engemann (eds), Konstantin der Grosse (Mainz, 2007), CD Rom no II.1.98.
Published: DCA, London, 1893, p. 717; DACL, Paris, 1924, col 837, no 165, fig 5049.
- On display (G41/dc8/sA)
- Exhibition history
2007 2 Jun-4 Nov, Germany, Trier, Bischöfliche Dom und Diözesanmuseum, Constantine the Great
2003 7 Dec-2004 2 May, Italy, Milan, Museo Diocesano, Ambrogio e Agostino: le sorgenti dell’Europa
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: OA.6504 (?)