Scaraboid gem with a gorgon's head

Greek
Archaic Period
550–500 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

01.7573

Medium or Technique

Jasper

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Black Jasper. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing. Gorgoneion, depicted frontally and sticking out tongue. Small chip along edge of carved surface at top of Gorgon head. No border.

Provenance

By 1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London at Christie's sale Jan 19th 1900.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution