29 April 2010,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 16,250
GBP 7,000 - GBP 9,000
A GREEK GREY CHALCEDONY SCARABOID
CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.
Finely engraved with a nude helmeted warrior running to the right, carrying a spear in his left hand, a shield on his right arm, drapery below the shoulder and billowing behind, pierced laterally
7/8 in. (2.2 cm.) long
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Formerly in a European private collection, acquired in the 1920s-30s.
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