Scaraboid gem with grazing cow

Greek
Early Classical Period
475–450 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 22 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

98.718

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontally). Motif oriented horizontally. Cow in profile, facing right and grazing from the branches of a small tree. Cow standing on a wavy ground line.

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 266 (as bought in Rome); 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund