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Pseudo-scarab

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Clear sard. On back, running Dionysos in relief. On face, intaglio, Athena, Herakles, Nereus (?), a woman. Contest of Herakles with Nereus in presence of Athena and Hera or Doris, wife of Nereus.

Provenance

By 1919: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 35 ter: from the Evans collection; acquired in 1919; originally bought in Rome); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Italic, Etruscan, Archaic Period, second half or third quarter of 6th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 035 ter (1920; 2002).

Dimensions

Thickness x Width x length: 0.7 x 1 x 1.3 cm (1/4 x 3/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

21.1197

Medium or Technique

Sard

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems