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Flat oval gem with sphinx

Intaglio. Set in modern gold ring. Recumbent sphinx, with breasts and teats, facing left. Her hair is tied back in low bun. She wears a fillet, whose ends hang down the neck of the sphinx, and a diadem with a uraeus. Lips and bottom of nose distinctly rendered by three parallel lines. Tail...

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According to Reports on the Investigations at Assos, 1882, 1883, the gem was found in the debris of the lower town; gift of J. T. Clarke to MFA, 1883

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Gift of Mr. J. T. Clarke

Greek, East Greek, Late Hellenistic Period, about 1st century B.C.


Assos (Behramkale), Troad, Anatolia (Turkey)

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems