This medal got me curious:
Found for sale here.
There were plenty of other numismatic artifacts of the various Pavilions.
But what else was in the Africa Pavilion? Here’s one glance.
And some interesting images from another book:
The same medal used as a bracelet charm above was also used as a topper for souvenir spoons, knives and forks:
Dido Fresco from The House of Meleager, Pompeii:
For discussion Meyboom 1995: 67 n. 148 (so really p. 316ff).
What’s that about?
This cup from the Ashmolean with a humorous Odysseus on it came to mind when I saw these erotes at play on the gems:
Still Gori. Earlier post for context.
And another plate as well.
Just another nice gem/coin parallel:
Coin parallels here on OCRE.
Another bit of Gori:
and another from the same with a great mash-up of popular iconography, much rarely elsewhere combined with the wolf and twins:
Are those scorpion claws as horns for that male diety?!
Also see this more recent post.
This double sided gem makes the visual claim that the two Julio-Claudian princes are the ‘new’ Romulus and Remus:
Still reading 18th century books from Matthew Boulton’s library (or rather copies of books he owned, not the very books themselves…)
This image got me thinking.
Un-illustrated entries in OCRE.
Which led me to this:
And also these rather interesting types with variations on the wolf and twins imagery from late antiquity:
(The female figure grasping Mars’ hand is clearly Venus)
all related types in OCRE.