Scaraboid gem with lion, eagle, and snake
Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
about 480 B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 034 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Crouching lion facing right with mouth open, baring its teeth. Joints of front legs distinctly modeled; mane is spiked at top of head and continues at a smaller size all the way down his back. Ribs visible. Situated on a faint ground line. Above, an eagle flies to the right, holding a looped snake in its talons.
By 1897: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 34: From Golgoi in Cyprus; Bought from W. T. Ready in 1897); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912