Scaraboid gem with a dove

Greek
Classical Period
450–425 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 081 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 17 mm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.586

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontally). Motif oriented vertically. Pigeon, carrying a scroll in its beak, flying to the left.

Provenance

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 284 (said to have been found in Egypt); by date unknown: Evans Collection (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 81); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912