6 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 2,500
Estimate USD 1,500 - USD 2,000
TWO ETRUSCAN CARNELIAN SCARABS
CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C.
Both engraved in the a globolo style, one with an animal, perhaps bovine, lying on its back, the animal presumably slit and folded open for sacrifice, the legs splayed, enclosed within a line border; and one with a whirl of three reined horse heads projecting from a central disk, enclosed within a hatched border
Larger: 5/8 in. (1.5 cm.) long (2)
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For another scarab with a splayed animal seen from below see no. 54 in Maaskant-Kleibrink, Catalogue of the Engraved Gems in the Royal Coin Cabinet, The Hague.
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