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Scaraboid gem with grazing cow

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontally). Motif oriented horizontally. Cow in profile, facing right and grazing from the branches of a small tree. Cow standing on a wavy ground line.

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 266 (as bought in Rome); 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Early Classical Period, 480–450 B.C.

Accession Number

98.718

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids