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Engraved Scaraboid with Perseus

Object Details

Title:

Engraved Scaraboid with Perseus

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Greek

Place:

Greece (Place Created)

Date:

400–350 B.C.

Medium:

Mottled red jasper

Object Number:

2019.13.6

Dimensions:

3 × 2.2 × 1.2 cm (1 3/16 × 7/8 × 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

The hero Perseus tiptoes forward to the left on the groundline of this gem, perhaps in pursuit of the gorgon Medusa. He wears a winged diadem and winged sandals with a cloak draped over his right shoulder. One of the two spears held in his right hand has a sickle blade, the dorydepanon, attached to the shaft. He raises his left hand towards his mouth.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1965

Giorgio Sangiorgi, Italian, 1886 - 1965, by inheritance to his son, Sergio Sangiorgi, 1965.

1965 - 2015

Sergio Sangiorgi, by inheritance to his heirs, 2015.

2015 - 2019

Heirs of Sergio Sangiorgi [sold, Christie's, New York, Masterpieces in Miniature: Ancient Engraved Gems Formerly in the G. Sangiorgi Collection, April 29, 2019, lot 11, to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Museum Acquisitions 2019: Director’s Choice (December 10, 2019 to March 1, 2020)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 10, 2019 to March 1, 2020
Bibliography
Bibliography

Boardman, John. Greek Art, 5th edition. (London: Thames and Hudson, 2016), p. 204, fig. 194.

Wagner, Claudia, and Boardman, John. Masterpieces in Miniature: Engraved Gems from Prehistory to the Present. (London: Philip Wilson Publishers, 2017), pp. 38, 46, cat. no. 38, ill.

Christie's, New York. Sale cat., Masterpieces in Miniature: Ancient Engraved Gems Formerly in the G. Sangiorgi Collection. April 29, 2019, pp. 18-19, lot 11, ill.