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Scaraboid gem with Apollo

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Intaglio. Motif oriented vertically. Apollo stands with his right leg very slightly bent and his weight on left leg, holding a scepter in his left hand, and a branch of laurel in his right arm. He stands on a ground line. A hawk sits on his right forearm. His body is frontal, but his head is...

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Provenance

According to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 47: by about 1890: Dr. Töpffer collection (acquired from Sparta according to Furtwängler but known many years previously); 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 264 (said to have been found in Greece); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 95.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Early Classical Period, 480–450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 047 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 18 mm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.691

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids