Scaraboid gem with crouching panther
Late 5th–early 4th century B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 080 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Translucent yellow with opaque orange spots and streaks. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Female panther crouching with head tilted back, mouth open and tongue out; upper fangs also visible. Eye indicated by a pellet.
By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 263 (said to have been found in Sicily); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 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)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912