- Museum number
Intaglio; sard; Mercury standing to front, wearing the petasus and chlamys; carries caduceus in left hand; inscribed; in gold ring with split shoulders and reeded shank.
- Production date
Length: 0.62 inches
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
B.M. Catalogue of Gems, 1888, no. 2299; Reinach, Pierres Gravées des collections Marlborough etc., pl. 134, no. 28.
This is probably a copy of a similar gem in the Marlborough Collection, to which it came from Stosch, through Lord Holdernesse and the Duke of Leeds. But Stosch's gem cannot be proved identical with another of the same subject, seen by Montjosieu in 1589, and published by Spon. It is therefore possible that this is the gem of Montjosieu; but if the inscription was correctly rendered by Spon, the original gem is lost. This work, moreover, has the appearance of a poor copy (Gronovius, Thesaurus, ix, p. 792; Spon, Misc. Erud. Antiq., p. 122; Stosch, Gemmae Antiq. Caelatae, pl. 28; Köhler, Gesammelte Schriften, iii, p. 116; Brunn, Griech. Künstler, ii, p. 480; Story-Maskelyne, The Marlborough Gems, no. 167; Furtwängler, Jahrbuch des kaiserlich deutschen Arch. Inst., iii (1888), pp. 219,220.
Supplementary information to Dalton 1915:
This gem has subsequently been published by Vollenweider 1966, pl. 66.2, incorrectly described as Cambridge Gem, 66.1, but this gem is different. See also pl. 97 under modern copies, but her numbering is muddled on both plates (I. Anceschi 1999).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009 3 Mar-7 Sept, USA, Malibu, J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, Carvers and Collectors
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number