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Scaraboid gem with Theseus wrestling a sow

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Intaglio. Set in modern gold bezel. Motif cut on the convex side of the scaraboid. Motif oriented vertically. Thesesus, naked, wrestling with a sow. His hat (petasos) hangs at the back of his neck. His left foot is on the ground, while he presses his right knee into the sow's back, and he...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 61: Tyszkiewicz said he obtained it from Greece: it is further known that he had it from Rhousopoulos.); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 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, mid-5th–mid-4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 061 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length x width: 24 x 19 mm (15/16 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.1205

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids