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Scaraboid gem with a sow and piglets

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horiztonal). Motif oriented horizontally. Sow walks to the right. She has a crested mane terminating at the shoulder; a row of short bristles across her back, followed by longer bristles along her rump. Underneath and between the legs of the sow, two piglets walk...

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Provenance

By 1911: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 70: Bought in Athens, 1911.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 91.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Classical Period, mid-5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 070 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.692

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids