An early classical greek carnelian scaraboid intaglio. A seated griffin.
5th century B.C.
15 x 18 x h.13 mm.
The creature is seated, facing right. Its sharp beak holds small leaves, and its wings are spread out. Around, linear engraved frame. The scarab is characterized by a pointed shape in the back. Through hole. Wear marks. The engraving technique, the iconography and the executive style are typical of the beginning of the Classical Era. Use of globular elements. Intaglio of great beauty and rarity. Parallels: J. Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings, p. 289 n. 491 (Munich).
Provenance: english private collection S.B., London, acquired on the London art market in 1969.