- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Scaraboid Gem with Youth, Bow, and Arrow
- Work Type
- c. 480-460 BCE
- Find Spot: Ancient & Byzantine World, Asia, Cyprus
- Classical period, Early
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Carnelian set in gold ring
- Diam: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.)
- W.L. Nashe, (before 1903) sold; through [Sotheby, London, July 1, 1903, lot 96]; to James Carnegie, Ninth Earl of Southesk, Scotland. David M. Robinson, Oxford, Mississippi, (after 1949 - 1960), bequeathed; to Harvard Art Museums.
Reportedly from Polis tes Chrysochous (Marion/Arsinoe), Cyprus.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of David M. Robinson
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Scarab carnelian (intaglio gem in the form of a scarab beetle) set into a modern gold ring. The gem design shows a nude, kneeling youth, framed by a hatched border. The youth holds an arrow with both hands, apparently testing its quality; a bow is slung over one of his wrists.
- Crouching, kneeling, sitting, and stooping figures are quite common for gems of this period and fill the field quite well. The motif of testing an arrow occurs similarly on other examples.
- Publication History
Lady Helena Carnegie, Catalogue of the Collection of Antique Gems Formed by James Ninth Earl of Southesk K.T., Bernard Quaritch (London, 1908), no. A42
David M. Robinson, "Unpublished Greek Gold Jewelry and Gems", American Journal of Archaeology, Archaeological Institute of America (New York, 1953), vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 5-19, p. 17, fig. 48, pl. 24
Fogg Art Museum, The David Moore Robinson Bequest of Classical Art and Antiquities, A Special Exhibition, exh. cat., Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1961), p. 42, no. 381.
John Boardman, Archaic Greek Gems: schools and artists in the sixth and early fifth centuries B.C, Thames & Hudson (London, 1968), no. 281
- Exhibition History
The David Moore Robinson Bequest of Classical Art and Antiquities: A Special Exhibition, Fogg Art Museum, 05/01/1961 - 09/20/1961
Echoes from Mount Olympus: The Minor Arts of Classical Antiquity, University Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley
32Q: 2220 18th-19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/19/2015 - 05/05/2016
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