Scaraboid gem with lion, eagle, and snake

Greek
Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
about 480 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 034 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Accession Number

21.1196

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912