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Scaraboid depicting a girl running

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This gem depicts a victor in the girls' running race. She carries a palm branch, perhaps a symbol of victory, as she lifts the hem of her skirt. Etruscan girls competed in footraces fully clothed, while Greek girls wore a shorter garment that left one breast bare. On the flat side, a girl in...

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Provenance

Date unknown: according to Warren's records: seen in Florence by A. J. Evans before its acquisition by Count Tyszkiewicz; by date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection (bought in Naples); 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 260; by 1898: 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

Italic, Etruscan, Early Classical Period, about 480–450 B.C.

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 0.013 L.

Accession Number

98.735

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids