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Scaraboid gem with griffin

Chalcedony (burnt?). Intaglio. Partially pierced for mounting (horizontal); perforations are very shallow. Motif oriented horizontally. Crouching griffin with pointy ears and spiky mane faces right. Griffin has its mouth open and the tongue sticking out. Hatching along the underbelly of the...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: from the Morrison sale, catalogue no. 31); 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, Classical Period, mid-5th–mid-4th century B.C.

Accession Number

98.719

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony(?)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids