12 June 2002
THE PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION
A GRAECO-PERSIAN CHALCEDONY SCARABOID
Circa Late 5th-Early 4th Century B.C.
With a quail standing on a short groundline, its head angled forward and down, with two short strokes engraved in front of the beak, perhaps meant to be an insect
13/16 in. (2 cm) long
Acquired in the 1960's-1970's
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For another quail on a Graeco-Persian gem see the blue chalcedony scarab in Leningrad, pl. 902 in Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings.
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