Scaraboid gem with a bull
Late 5th–early 4th century B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 079 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Length: 29 mm (1 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
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.
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)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912