Scaraboid gem with cow suckling calf
Early Classical Period
Length: 22 mm (7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Mottled sard. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. The convex side is carved with the motif; flat side is undecorated. Cow standing on ground line, facing left, turns head toward calf, standing beneath her and facing right. In front of cow, at extreme left, a rooster.
By date unknown: Story-Maskelyne Collection, sale, Sotheby, London, July 4-5, 1921*; loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren, April 5, 1926 (as 140.26). purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, November 17, 1927. for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912