New York, Park Avenue
18 December 1998
A GRAECO-PERSIAN BLUE CHALCEDONY SCARABOID
circa 4th century b.c.
Engraved with a winged sphinx in profile to the right, perhaps wearing a visored helmet
1.1/8 in. (2.91 cm.) wide
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A fine example of Boardman's "Hellenising" gems in the Graeco-Persian series, and perhaps by the same had as the sphinx in Geneva, pl. 956 in Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings.
Fewer than 30 of these horseshoe-back armchairs are known to exist. This one comes to auction on 13 September in New York
Important Chinese works of art from one of America’s leading cultural institutions coming to auction in New York