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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 311

    AN ETRUSCAN CARNELIAN SCARAB

    CIRCA LATE 5TH-4TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN ETRUSCAN CARNELIAN SCARAB
    CIRCA LATE 5TH-4TH CENTURY B.C.
    The beetle well detailed, with V-shaped winglets and a hatched plinth, the underside engraved with a nude satyr seizing a draped woman, the satyr leaning forward, his arms around her, his head at her chest, the woman, perhaps a maenad, with her head turned back, a thyrsos in her hand, enclosed within a hatched border
    11/16 in. (1.7 cm.) long


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    Provenance

    European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN