Scaraboid with coitus and eagle

Greek
Classical or Hellenistic Period
4th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 063 (1920; 2002).

Dimensions

Length: 23 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

23.598

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

Discolored (burnt?) chalcedony. Scaraboid intaglio, engraved on both sides and pierced lengthwise. On flat base, coitus between Greek male and Near Eastern woman on draped bed. On the convex side, eagle in three-quarter view to left with spread wings and head turned back, holding thunderbolt in talons (probably a later, Hellenistic addition). Small chips missing around the edge.

Provenance

By 1911: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 63: Bought in 1911 from a Greek who said it came from Tripolitza in Peloponnese.); November 21, 1923: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren