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Cornell is lucky enough to possess an extensive daktyliotheca ("gem cabinet"), purchased from the German manufacturer Gustav Eichler (1801-77) during the 19th century and given to the university by its first president, Andrew Dickson White. Based on a collection in the Berlin Museum, it includes almost two thousand plaster casts of Greek, Roman and Egyptian seal-stones, as well as replicas of Medieval, Renaissance and Neoclassical medallions. 

The collection has been digitized and catalogued by Classics faculty Caitlín Barrett and Verity Platt.

It can be found here.