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Scaraboid gem with a grazing deer

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horiztonal). Motif oriented horiztonally. A deer, facing right, bends head down to graze. The lower part of the stone has been carved out to produce the appearance of irregular terrain. Three small plants: the first in front of deer, from which it is grazing; the...

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By 1909: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 75: Bought from a Greek in 1909.); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Classical Period, 425–400 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 075 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length x width x thckns.: 2.4 x 1.9 x 1 cm (15/16 x 3/4 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rock crystal


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids