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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 414

    TWO ETRUSCAN CARNELIAN SCARABS

    CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    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.

    Provenance

    London Art Market, 1980s.