Scaraboid gem with a grazing deer

Greek
Classical Period
425–400 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 075 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length x width x thckns.: 2.4 x 1.9 x 1 cm (15/16 x 3/4 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.1210

Medium or Technique

Rock crystal

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horiztonal). Motif oriented horiztonally. A deer, facing right, bends head down to graze. The lower part of the stone has been carved out to produce the appearance of irregular terrain. Three small plants: the first in front of deer, from which it is grazing; the second between the fore and hind legs; and the third between the hind legs.

Provenance

By 1909: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 75: Bought from a Greek in 1909.); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912