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Scaraboid gem with a fly

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). A fly seen from above. The body of the fly is divided into three sections: head, mid-section, and posterior body/tail. The head, in the shape of a flattened half-moon, has two antennae sticking out from the center, and a pair of (unjointed) legs from...

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By date unknown: with Euripides Sepheriades; May 3, 1963: purchased by MFA from Euripides Sepheriades

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

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


Length: 18 mm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rock crystal


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids