Scaraboid gem with walking zebu

Greek
Classical Period
about 450–400 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 064 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 21 mm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.584

Medium or Technique

Banded agate

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Banded tan and white agate. Intaglio. Pierced (horiztonal). Motif oriented horiztonally. A humped bull (zebu) walking on a ground line to the right. Many of the details of the bull are rendered with round pellets: the nose, eyes, ankles and leg joints, along its neck, and top of tail. Its ribs are delineated with shallow lines, and shaggy hair along neck rendered by a series of irregular vertical lines. In front of the bull, hovering over the ground line, an arc-shaped mark.

Provenance

According to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 64: stated by Froehner to have been found in Greece; 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 264; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for
$ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912