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Scaraboid glass paste with recumbent lion

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Clear glass paste. Imitation scaraboid with intaglio on flat face. A male lion is seated on all fours in repose facing right. Upon close examination, the individual tufts that make up its mane are visible, but no other details are present, and the overall impression is that of a crude and...

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By 1963: on the art market in Athens; one of a group of gems purchased in Greece or Asia Minor in 1963 by Cornelius C. Vermeule III on behalf of MFA with funds approved in advance by the Trustees; accessioned March 11, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Greek, Classical Period, 450–400 B.C.


Length: 18 x 14.73 mm (11/16 x 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Glass paste


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids