New York, Park Avenue
18 December 1998
A GRAECO-PERSIAN BLUE CHALCEDONY SCARABOID
late 5th-4th century b.c.
Engraved with a Maltese dog, with a thick coat and curled tail, walking to the right on a thin groundline
1.1/8 in. (2.85 cm.) wide
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Maltese dogs seem to have been favored by the Persians, as evinced by their popularity as a subject on Graeco-Persian gems. For a similar example in the Bibliothque National, Paris, see pl. 874 in Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings.
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