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Steatite scaraboid seal

Period:
Geometric
Date:
8th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Steatite
Dimensions:
H.: 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1942
Accession Number:
42.11.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Flattened scaraboid of green, translucent steatite, perforated horizontally. Two men, in reversed positions, on either side of a large quadruped. The latter has its mouth wide open and is perhaps a lion, for ot has a long, tufted tail; but the long, erect ears (or horns) make the identity uncertain. In the field are other, nondescript animals and ornaments.
Said to be from Delos

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. no. 2, p. 1, pl. 1, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 2, p. 1, pl. 1, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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