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Scaraboid gem with Apollo and tripod

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Chalcedony mottled with yellow jasper. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented vertically. Apollo, at left, naked and on a partial ground line, moves towards a tripod and extends his right hand over one of the rings; he holds a bow in his left hand. The tripod has lion's feet, a...

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Provenance

By 1908: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 49 it was bought in 1908 from a Greek, who alleged that it came from Delphi); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 83.26); 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. 049 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 21 mm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.686

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids