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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 372

    A PHOENICIAN GREEN JASPER SCARAB

    CIRCA EARLY 5TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A PHOENICIAN GREEN JASPER SCARAB
    CIRCA EARLY 5TH CENTURY B.C.
    The underside engraved with a smiting king or god attacking a humanoid, the attacking figure standing, his long cloak open revealing his right leg which is stepping up on the back side of the suppliant figure before him, his mace raised above his head, the lower portion of the diminutive figure merging with a net-pattern or tail, enclosed within a hatched border, perforated lengthwise
    5/8 in. (1.6 cm.) long


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    For the type, where the quarry is a small figure, either human or demonic, see section 18, pp. 66-67 in Boardman, Classical Phoenician Scarabs, A Catalogue and Study. For a bull-man attacking a similar figure see no. 21/7, op. cit.

    Provenance

    London Art Market, 1997.