11 December 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 2,750
Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000
A GREEK PALE YELLOW STEATITE LENTOID "ISLAND GEM"
ARCHAIC PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 7TH-EARLY 6TH CENTURY B.C.
Engraved with a running winged goat, a saw pattern in the field
9/16 in. (1.4 cm.) diameter
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Molly Morse Limmer
For the subject compare no. 234 in Boardman, Island Gems.
Acquired prior to 1972.
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