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Scaraboid gem with a bull

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Bull, in "plunging pose", facing left with left foreleg raised. Head turned toward viewer in 3/4 view. Motif situated on a ground line.

Provenance

By 1898-1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 79: Bought in Ruvo, 1898-9.); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Classical Period, Late 5th–early 4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 079 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 29 mm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

23.585

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids