Scaraboidal gem with gorgon as winged centaur seizing a lion
6th century B.C.
Length: 27 mm (1 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Intaglio. Convex surface. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Gorgon with snaky hair (Medusa?) as a winged centaur with human front legs, faces right and seizes a lion by its front legs. Her robe has a geometric border down the front and across her beck right leg. Her face is frontal. Lion is in profile at right. Hatched border and zig-zag line in exergue.
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 270; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1901
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution