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Scaraboid gem with Protesilaos

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. The front part of a trireme facing left, with eight oars visible, organized in three banks. Ship has pointed prow or 'beak' and an eye. Protesilaos, wearing a conical helmet and cloak, crouches on the open, top deck. He...

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By date unknown: with Atlantis Antiquities, 40 East 69th Street, New York 10021; June 24, 1987: purchased by MFA from Atlantis Antiquities

Credit Line

Morris and Louise Rosenthal Fund

Greek, Early Classical Period, about 480–450 B.C.


Length: 31 mm (1 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids