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Scaraboid gem with cow suckling calf

Mottled sard. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. The convex side is carved with the motif; flat side is undecorated. Cow standing on ground line, facing left, turns head toward calf, standing beneath her and facing right. In front of cow, at extreme left, a...

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By date unknown: Story-Maskelyne Collection, sale, Sotheby, London, July 4-5, 1921*; loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren, April 5, 1926 (as 140.26). 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, Early Classical Period, 480–450 B.C.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids