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A GREEK BLUE CHALCEDONY SCARABOID
A GREEK BLUE CHALCEDONY SCARABOID

CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.

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A GREEK BLUE CHALCEDONY SCARABOID CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C. Engraved with a crouching nude female dressing in her chiton, her sensuous torso turned slightly out, holding her garment aloft in her raised arms; on a short groundline 1 in. (2.5 cm.) long
Provenance
Private Collection, Paris, prior to 1975.
Private Collection, Paris, 1975; thence by descent.

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Lot Essay

The subject of a crouching female dressing herself was popular for gems during the 4th century B.C. For a range of poses all with the female holding the garment aloft, see nos. Bbc9-16 in Wiegandt, Die griechischen Siegel klassicher Zeit. The gem presented here is closest to no. Bbc14, a lapis lazuli scaraboid from Athens now in the British Museum.

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