Scaraboid gem with cow suckling calf

Greek
Early Classical Period
480–450 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 22 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.664

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Mottled sard. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. The convex side is carved with the motif; flat side is undecorated. Cow standing on ground line, facing left, turns head toward calf, standing beneath her and facing right. In front of cow, at extreme left, a rooster.

Provenance

By date unknown: Story-Maskelyne Collection, sale, Sotheby, London, July 4-5, 1921*; loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren, April 5, 1926 (as 140.26). 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