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Scaraboid gem with heron

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented vertically. Heron, facing left, with a single long plume on head, lifts one leg and points beak upwards. Situated on a ground line. Line border.

Provenance

By 1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 66: Bought in Athens, 1900.); April 7, 1901: 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, 450–425 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 066 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length x width: 22 x 17 mm (7/8 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.1206

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids