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Scaraboid gem with two Amazons

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horiztonal). Motif oriented horizontally. At left, an Amazon, wearing a short chiton with long sleeves, leggings with a lozenge pattern, and a pointed cap with two straps, seated on a rock. She holds a staff in her right hand and reaches up to the horse standing...

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Provenance

By 1919: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 49 bis: from Melos. Formerly in the Evans Collection: acquired in 1919.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 59.26); 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, 450–425 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 049 bis (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 25 mm (1 in.)

Accession Number

27.697

Medium or Technique

Rock crystal

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids