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Sliced-barrel seal with heron

Banded white agate. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (vertical). Motif oriented vertically. Heron, facing left, lifts one foot and looks up. Partial ground line.


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 283 (said to have been found in Greece); by 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)

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Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Classical Period, Mid–late 5th century B.C.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World