Scaraboid gem with griffin

Greek
Classical Period
mid-5th–mid-4th century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 23 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

98.719

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony(?)

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Chalcedony (burnt?). Intaglio. Partially pierced for mounting (horizontal); perforations are very shallow. Motif oriented horizontally. Crouching griffin with pointy ears and spiky mane faces right. Griffin has its mouth open and the tongue sticking out. Hatching along the underbelly of the griffin and striations along the griffin’s upper body to represent fur. Motif situated on a faint ground line and there are dots in the exergue. Hatched border. Broken on back, convex side.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: from the Morrison sale, catalogue no. 31); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund