Scaraboid gem with a two-horse chariot

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 055 (1920; 2002, additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 122.

Dimensions

Length x width: 26 x 21 mm (1 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.582

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 horiztontally. Two-horse chariot (synoris) and charioteer, facing right. The positioning of the horses, with the one behind moving more quickly and out ahead of the one in front, indicates that the chariot is rounding a post at high speed. Motif situated on a ground line.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 55: bought in Athens); 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