Lentoid gem with wild goat

Greek
Orientalizing Period
about 650–600 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 19.5 x 18.8 mm (3/4 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

69.1195

Medium or Technique

Steatite

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Pale green mottled steatite. Intaglio. Lentoid. A wild goat, likely an ibex, prances to the right. Its horn is long and curved and has articulated ridges. A series of short horizontal lines along the back of the goat’s neck probably represents its tufts of hair. There are three longer lines across its underbelly and six lines across its buttocks which are characteristic of the style of Island gems. The goat’s legs are spindly and the joints are rendered angularly. Behind the goat appears a vertical plant denoted by a slender column of downwards-pointing carets. The gem is pierced horizontally for suspension or mounting.

Provenance

Said to be from Antalya on MFA archival card; by date unknown: Burton Y. Berry Collection; gift to MFA from Burton Y. Berry in Memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut, October 15, 1969

Credit Line

Gift of Burton Y. Berry in memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut