13 June 2000
A GRAECO-PERSIAN GRAY CHALCEDONY TABLOID
circa 5th-4th century b.c.
Engraved on four sides, the two larger each with a scene of fornicating animals, one with two foxes, the bitch with her head turned back, and one with two chickens, one of the shorter sides with a goat leaping to the right, the other with a heron standing on one leg, its long curving neck angled downward
5/8 in. (1.6 cm) wide
Hans Silvius von Aulock
Dr. Elie Borowski
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