Scaraboid gem with a bull

Greek
Classical Period
Late 5th–early 4th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 079 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 29 mm (1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

23.585

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Bull, in “plunging pose”, facing left with left foreleg raised. Head turned toward viewer in 3/4 view. Motif situated on a ground line.

Provenance

By 1898-1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 79: Bought in Ruvo, 1898-9.); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912