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Scaraboid gem with a gorgon's head

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Black Jasper. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing. Gorgoneion, depicted frontally and sticking out tongue. Small chip along edge of carved surface at top of Gorgon head. No border.

Provenance

By 1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London at Christie's sale Jan 19th 1900.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, Archaic Period, 550–500 B.C.

Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.7573

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids