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Ring with scarab with king

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Intaglio. Scarab set in ancient gold bezel, with two circular indentations for attachment to a ring. Assyrian king striding left, holding a scepter in left hand, and mace in right hand. Exergue with hatching. Beetle: Item on view, thus unable to describe beetle.

Provenance

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 253 (Cyprus); by date unknown: 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

Near Eastern, Levantine, Phoenician, Archaic Period, 6th–early 5th century B.C.

Dimensions

Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

98.712

Medium or Technique

Green chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Rings