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Engraved Scaraboid with a Grasshopper

Object Details

Title:

Engraved Scaraboid with a Grasshopper

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Greek

Place:

Greece (Place Created)

Date:

425–400 B.C.

Medium:

Mottled yellow jasper

Object Number:

2019.13.4

Dimensions:

2.1 × 1.8 × 0.8 cm (13/16 × 11/16 × 5/16 in.)

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Object Description

A grasshopper, standing on a stem of grass, surrounded by leaves.

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 8, 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

Weiss, Carina. “Heuschrecken auf griechischen Vasen und in der Glyptik.” ΦΥΤΑ ΚΑΙ ΖΩΙΑ = Pflanzen und Tiere auf griechischen Vasen: Akten des internationalen Symposiums an der Universität Graz, 26.-28. September 2013. Corpus vasorum antiquorum. Österreich. Beiheft 2.(Vienna: Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2015), p. 330, fig. 2.

Wagner, Claudia, and Boardman, John. Masterpieces in Miniature: Engraved Gems from Prehistory to the Present. (London: Philip Wilson Publishers, 2017), p. 62, cat. no. 54, ill.

Christie's, New York. Sale cat., Masterpieces in Miniature: Ancient Engraved Gems Formerly in the G. Sangiorgi Collection. April 29, 2019, p. 14, lot 8, ill.