New York, Park Avenue
18 December 1998
A GRAECO-PERSIAN BLUE CHALCEDONY SCARABOID
circa late 5th-4th century b.c.
Engraved with a bear outstretched in a flying gallop to the right, the animal well-modeled, with a detailed fringe of fur along the fore-legs, neck, and head
1.1/8 in. (2.82 cm.) wide
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For a similar running bear, see no. 294 in Brandt, Antike Gemmen in Deutschen Sammlungen, Band I, Staatliche Mnzsammlun Mnchen, Teil 1.
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