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Scaraboid gem with Athena

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Rosy-brown chalcedony. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing. Motif oriented vertically. Athena carrying spear and shield walking to left on a ground line. She wears a crested helmet, chiton, and himation over both arms. Serpent head fringe visible on either side of himation; serpent head rearing up...

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Provenance

By 1911: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 26: from the Evans collection; bought in 1911); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 87.26); 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, Late Archaic Period, 510–500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 026 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.676

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids