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Scaraboid gem with a dog scratching its head

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. A dog, facing right, turns its head back towards its right hind leg and scratches its face. Hatched border.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: First seen in Greece in the possession of a Greek who afterwards sold it to us when abroad.); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

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

Dimensions

Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

99.356

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids