Scaraboid gem with a sheep

Greek
Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
500–450 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 035 bis (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.689

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); back of seal has been cut down so that perforation is non-functional. Motif oriented horizontally. A sheep, shorn except for wool around head and chest rendered by pellets, in the process of rising from the ground. Tail between legs. Hatched border. Retrograde Greek inscription: ‘ERMOTIMO EMI’ (I belong to Hermotimos).

Provenance

By 1919: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 35 bis: from Stimnitza near Dimitzana in the Peloponnese; formerly in the Evans collection; acquired in 1919); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 99.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912