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Scaraboid gem with bull

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Kneeling bull faces right. Gadfly on its hindquarters. Inscribed in Greek: The…lese. Hatched border. Significant chip at top and along edges.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, Late Archaic Period, Early 5th century B.C.

Dimensions

Length: 19 mm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number

01.7545

Medium or Technique

Rock crystal

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids