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Scaraboid gem with bull calf

Black agate streaked with grey. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Bull calf, facing left, with head bent down slightly.

Provenance

Sent from Constantinople according to Froehner (cited in J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 76); 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 269; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Classical Period, 450–425 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 076 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Accession Number

21.1211

Medium or Technique

Agate

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids