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Knife handle in the form of a lioness

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Chalcedony knife handle in the form of a lioness emerging from a cluster of acanthus leaves. She drinks from a vessel in the form of a goat's head (perhaps this is a type of drinking vessel known as a rhyton).

Provenance

By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection (said to be from Asia Minor); 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 235;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)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st–2nd century A.D.

Accession Number

98.769

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment