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Chalcedony scaraboid

Attributed to Epimenes

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Chalcedony
Dimensions:
length 11/16 in. (1.7 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.11.5
  • Description

    Archer testing arrow

    Epimenes signed his name on a gem now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He was probably trained on one of the Aegean islands.

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Naukratis (Carnegie 1908, p. 27).

    From at least 1891, collection of the Earl of Southesk; acquired July 20, 1931, purchased from the Earl of Southesk, through Maggs Brothers, London.

  • References

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1936[1934]. A Guide to the Collections, Part 1: Ancient and Oriental Art, 2nd edn. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, p. 285, pl. 125n.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider, no. 42, p. 12, pl. 7.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1970. Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries. New York: Dutton.

    Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. Karlsruhe: Müller, no. 38, p. 57.

    Mertens, Joan. 1989. "Timeas's Scarab." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 24: p. 54, figs. 4-5.

    1994. Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide: Works of Art Selected by Philippe De Montebello. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider, no. 42, p. 12, pl. 7, color pl. 2.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 69.

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