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Scarab with a fantastical animal-hybrid monster

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Winged composite creature flying to right. Creature has head (now lost, only mane is still visible) and forelocks of a horse, body of a goat, and tail of a rooster. Large chip in the upper right corner of seal face....

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, Archaic Period, late 6th century B.C.

Dimensions

Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

01.7584

Medium or Technique

Rock crystal

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids