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Scaraboid gem with a lion

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Opaque yellow with brown spots, (possibly) burnt. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horiztonal). Motif oriented horizontally. A lion facing right poised to leap. Paws rendered with a series of five pellets; body is carefully modeled with three parallel lines along the haunches and some modeling...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, Classical Period, 450–400 B.C.


Length: 24 mm (15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids