New York, Park Avenue
18 December 1998
A GRAECO-PERSIAN BLUE CHALCEDONY SCARABOID
circa late 5th-4th century b.c.
Engraved with a Persian man spearing a rearing bear, the man wearing a soft hat and a sleeved and belted tunic, with a mantle draped over one arm, thrusting down with the spear into the bear
.7/8 in. (2.26 cm.)
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Attributed to the Cambridge Group. For other gems of this group see nos. 924-930 in Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings. For a gem from the McLendon Collection with the same subject, see lot 340, Antiquities, Christie's New York, 14 June 1993.
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