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Scaraboid intaglio engraved on both sides; eagle and coitus

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Gem is engraved on both sides. On the flat: coitus between a Greek and a Persian, possibly related to Alexander's encouragement of Greek-Persian marriages. On the cover: an eagle standing on a thunder bolt (probably a Hellenistic addition).

Provenance

By 1911: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 63: Bought in 1911 from a Greek who said it came from Tripolitza in Peloponnese.); November 21, 1923: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren

Greek, 4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 063 (1920; 2002).

Dimensions

Length: 23 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

23.598

Medium or Technique

Discolored chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems