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Scarab with king holding lion

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Intaglio. Set in a modern gold bezel with spiraled wires running along the body of the beetle and forming a circular border around the string holes; the circular border from the tail side of the beetle is lost. A king, bearded and wearing a pointed helmet and long robe, holds a lion by the...

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Provenance

Date unknown: Bruschi Collection at Corneto (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 9); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 105.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 009 (1920; 2002).

Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.762

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids