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Scaraboid gem with bull

Intaglio. Set in modern gold setting. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Bull facing right, preparing to charge: head lowered and left foreleg raised in motion of stamping or scraping the ground. Situated on a ground line.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought from a Greek); loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren, October 28, 1925 (as 567.25); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, November 17, 1927, for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Classical Period, 450–425 B.C.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids