Scaraboid gem with griffin

Greek
Classical Period
mid-5th–mid-4th century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 19 mm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number

13.241

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Onyx with white backing on convex side. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Crouching griffin facing right. Griffin has pointy ears, spiky mane, and a short beard. Motif situated on a partial ground line.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: From the Evans Coll.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912