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Scaraboid gem with griffin

Intaglio. Set in modern gold loop. A griffin, facing left, seated on a club (or a monumental ground line with dentals). The griffin has large paws, pointy ears, and spiky mane; its mouth is open and tongue sticking out. Feathers of the wings continue onto the griffin's shoulders. In front of the...

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Provenance

By 1911: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 85: Said to be from Athens. Formerly in the Evans collection. Bought in 1911.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 72.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren

Greek, Classical Period, 425–400 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 085 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Accession Number

27.771

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids