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Scaraboid gem with griffin

Intaglio. Pierced (horiztonal). Motif oriented horizontally. Griffin facing left. The griffin has long pointed ears, a spiky mane, and beak. Its mouth is open. Its hooves are indicated by a group of round pellets; three of its legs are grounded, while the front left leg is slightly raised. Ribs...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry. Warren (according to his records: bought from a Greek); loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren, October 28, 1925 (as 569.25); 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, Late Archaic or Early Classical Period, 5th century B.C.

Accession Number

27.683

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids