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Scaraboid gem with griffin

Onyx with white backing on convex side. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Crouching griffin facing right. Griffin has pointy ears, spiky mane, and a short beard. Motif situated on a partial ground line.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From the Evans Coll.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Classical Period, mid-5th–mid-4th century B.C.

Accession Number

13.241

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids