Scaraboid with stag

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


Dimensions

Length: 17.3 x 15.2 mm (11/16 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

69.1197

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Milky chalcedony. Scaraboid with intaglio on flat face. A stag stands facing a branch at right. Its antlers are large in proportion to its head and body. It is simplistically rendered, without attention to much detail, although its ears and tail are visible. There are a few small stray marks by the stag’s hind legs. The branch, perhaps palm, is equally simple and has six leaves. The gem is pierced horizontally for mounting or suspension. Its surfaces are very polished.

Provenance

By date unknown: Burton Y. Berry Collection; gift to MFA from Burton Y. Berry in Memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut, October 15, 1969

Credit Line

Gift of Burton Y. Berry in memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut