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Oval gem with four-legged animal

Orange with white and brown striations. Intaglio. Convex oval with motif carved on the convex side. A four-legged animal with a short, spiky mane, walking to the left on a ground line. At upper right, there are a series of short lines, possibly meant to represent tree branches.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 1st century B.C.

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems