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Scaraboid gem with two cranes

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (vertical). Motif oriented vertically. Two herons stand facing each other with a silphium plant (an extinct variety of giant fennel) between them. Their beaks are pointed down and wings are half-open. Plant has a flower or bud at the top of the stalk, terminating...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From the Evans Coll.); January 2, 1913: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

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


Length: 20 mm (13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids