Scaraboid gem with a snake

Greek
Classical Period
450–425 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 078 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.702

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 (horizontal). A coiled snake, facing left, raises its head. Texture of the snake’s skin rendered by a series of chevrons along its body, ending at the last coil. Hatched border. Chip around left perforation.

Provenance

By 1911: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 78: Bought in 1911.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 61.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912