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Scarab with satyr standing of sphinx

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Dark brown with creamy yellow patches. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing. Motif is oriented vertically. A satyr with equine feet and an erect phallus, stands over a sphinx and seizes her by the hair. Body of the sphinx is facing left, but her head is twisted back towards the right. Beetle:...

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Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 17: bought in Athens in 1901; formerly in the Postolakka collection); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Archaic Period, mid-6th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 017 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.577

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids