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Oval gem with scorpion

Brownish-yellow jasper. Flat on both sides with inward back facet. A scorpion viewed from above. The left pincer connects with the body via a round pellet, and there is a very small space between these two parts of the limb. The right pincer connects with the body by a more deeply cut dash. The...

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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd–3rd century A.D.

Accession Number

72.870

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems