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Important Graeco-Persian Amethyst Scaraboid

with 2-sided Image, likely carved on a Middle Kingdom Egyptian scarab (ca. 1981-1802 BC)

 

Side A: Actaeon reaches for an arrow from his quiver

 

Side B: Seated Artemis with faun

 

4th Century BC

 

 

Height: 3.4 cm.     (1 3/8 in.)

 

ex: private American collection

 

Published:  Antiquarium Ltd.; Ancient Treasures VII (New York, 2009) p.30-31

 

cf:  Schluter, M, et al; Antike Gemmen in deutschen Sammlungen. Band 4. Hannover, Kestner-Museum. Hamburg, Museum fur Kunst Gewerbe (Wiesbaden, 1975) no.323

 

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