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Scaraboid gem with Danae receiving a shower of gold

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (vertical). Motif oriented vertically. Danae in profile to the left, wearing long dress with long, vertical folds, and a shorter mantle. She stands in front of bed. Her hair is bound up in a cap (sakkos). At left, bed post, carved with curls and lines and topped...

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Provenance

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 267 (said to have been found in Attica); by 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: said to have been acquired by Tyszkiewicz from Rhousopoulos); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

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

Dimensions

Length: 20 mm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.716

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids