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Intaglio; chalcedony; head of Medusa to right; inscribed; in gold ring.
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Length: 0.74 inches
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
Stosch, Gemmae Antiq. Caelatae, 1724, pl. lxv; L. natter, Traité de la méthode antique de graver en pierres fines, pl. xiii. Cf. also Kähler, gessamelte Schriften, iii, p. 132; Maffei, Gemme antiche figurate, Rome 1707, iii, p. 151, pl. lxix.
The signature may be intended for the name of Sostratus, an engraver of the Early Empire (cf. nos. 133, 189, 770), or of Sosos, an engraver of an earlier period.
Supplementary information to Dalton 1915:
Vollenweider 1966, pl. 18, 1 & 3 as Sosokles.
This intaglio was incuded in the gem collection of Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carlisle. It was well known in the 18th century, when it was thought to be classical, and appears in a number of sets of impressions after ancient and modern gems, for example as no. 46 in a set of sulphur casts by Cristiano Dehn, Rome, c.1750, at Burton Constable, Yorkshire, , as colleciton of 'Mylord Carlisle' ( reference to the Burton Constable casts kindly supplied by David Connell, February 2021).
- On display (G47/dc3)
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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- Additional IDs
Other BM number: 1890,0601.53 (Greek and Roman reg.no)