Scaraboid gem with bull

Greek
Classical Period
450–425 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 23 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.685

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Set in modern gold setting. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Bull facing right, preparing to charge: head lowered and left foreleg raised in motion of stamping or scraping the ground. Situated on a ground line.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought from a Greek); loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren, October 28, 1925 (as 567.25); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, November 17, 1927, for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912