Scaraboid gem with griffin attacking stag

Greek
Classical Period
450–425 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 30 mm (1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

95.81

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. A griffin facing right, with spiky mane and pointy ears, bites a stag in the back. Griffin places his front, right left atop to stag. Stag is seated and also faces to the right. Motif is situated on terrain-covered ground line.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: said to have come from the Peloponnesus); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund