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Scarab with central tree and sphinxes

Stone has white and red bands. Intaglio. Stylized tree with central trunk, two u-shaped branches and spiky shoots at top. On either side, crouching sphinxes face tree, and place a foreleg on lowest branch. Heads are bent back to smell lotus blossoms extending from top of tree. Motif placed on a...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 254 (said to have been found in Cyprus); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Near Eastern, Levantine, Phoenician, Archaic Period, 6th century B.C.

Accession Number

01.7551

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems