Scaraboid gem with griffin

Greek
Classical Period
425–400 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 085 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 27 mm (1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.771

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Set in modern gold loop. A griffin, facing left, seated on a club (or a monumental ground line with dentals). The griffin has large paws, pointy ears, and spiky mane; its mouth is open and tongue sticking out. Feathers of the wings continue onto the griffin’s shoulders. In front of the griffin, at the extreme left edge of the field, is a bridled horse’s head, facing left.

Provenance

By 1911: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 85: Said to be from Athens. Formerly in the Evans collection. Bought in 1911.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 72.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren