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Chalcedony scaraboid in silver ring

Period:
Classical
Date:
mid-5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Chalcedony, yellow-gray, silver
Dimensions:
1 7/16 in. (3.7 cm) gem: 5/8 × 1/4 × 7/8 in. (1.6 × 0.6 × 2.3 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.4198
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
horse lying down

The prominence of the inscription suggests that the name is that of the owner.
Inscription: Inscribed: "Stesikrates"
Said to be from Cyprus

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1920. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style. no. 41, p. 43, pls. 13, 17, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. no. 105, pp. 27-28, pl. 18, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Schlüter, Margildis, Gertrud Horster, and Peter Zazoff. 1975. Antike Gemmen in deutschen Sammlungen: Hannover, Kestner-Museum, Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Vol. 4. p. 62, Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag.

Smith, Joanna. 2002. "Problems and Prospects in the Study of Script and Seal Use on Cyprus in the Bronze and Iron Ages." Script and Seal Use on Cyprus in the Bronze and Iron Ages, Joanna Smith, ed. p. 18, Boston: Archaeological Institute of America.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 105, pp. 27-28, pl. 18, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Calder, Louise. 2011. Cruelty and Sentimentality: Greek Attitudes to Animals, 600-300 BC. no. 141, pp. 57, 181, n. 879, Oxford: Archaeopress.

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