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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1977.216.2223
People
Unidentified Artist
Title
Lump of Lava Containing a Coin
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
18th-19th century
Places
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Sicily
Culture
Italian
Location
Level 3, Room 3500, Special Exhibitions Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Volcanic rock and bronze
Dimensions
3.5 x 7.5 x 7.2 cm (1 3/8 x 2 15/16 x 2 13/16 in.)
unspecified: 140.6 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: obverse of coin, red paint, hand painted: 2223
  • label: bottom of lava, black ink, handwritten: 2223
Provenance
Harvard University Department of the Classics, Cambridge, MA, Transferred to the Fogg Art Museum, 1977.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Department of the Classics, Harvard University
Accession Year
1977
Object Number
1977.216.2223
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Lump of hardened lava containing a tarnished bronze or copper coin. A man in left profile is faintly visible on the obverse.
Publication History

Ethan Lasser, ed., The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2017), p. 127, Plate 63 (contents of cabinet); p. 128, Plate 64c.

Exhibition History

The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/19/2017 - 12/31/2017

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