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Scaraboidal gem with gorgon as winged centaur seizing a lion

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Intaglio. Convex surface. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Gorgon with snaky hair (Medusa?) as a winged centaur with human front legs, faces right and seizes a lion by its front legs. Her robe has a geometric border down the front and across her beck right leg....

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By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 270; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1901

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Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, Archaic Period, 6th century B.C.


Length: 27 mm (1 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Rock crystal


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids