Journal Article

On the formation of the collection of gem impressions in the State Hermitage Museum

Elena Dmitrieva

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 25, issue 1, pages 77-85
Published in print March 2013 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online February 2012 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhr048
On the formation of the collection of gem impressions in the State Hermitage Museum

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This article deals with the history of the State Hermitage Museum’s collection of gem casts, with a focus on the dactyliotheca stored in the Department of Classical Antiquity containing over 25,000 pieces and currently kept in storage. This collection of plaster impressions has never been displayed to the public and its contents have not yet been published. Nevertheless, it forms a unique example of a collection of casts made from cameos and intaglios, both antique and modern. It is important in a number of ways, including its usefulness in studying the evolution of engraving techniques and its value in contributing to the repertoire of images encountered on gems. It is also an important resource for the study of gems that have not survived in original form to present day.

Journal Article.  5781 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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