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Gemma-intaglio in shape of scarabaeidae with image of an eagle grabbing a deer.
692 Dr-IV
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A graceful example of the ancient glyptics of the Achaemenid Empire.

History of the Object
This ancient gemma is a sample of glyptics, art of carving in precious stone. The gemma is divided in intaglios – with an engraved image and cameos – with a convex image. A traditional shape of the gemma was an ellipse (skarabeoid). The gemmas were created from precious stones (crystal, chalcedony, sapphire, etc.) and, usually, they served as seals and amulets. Later they were used as jewelry.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Honey-yellow carnelian 
Measurements
Carving, drilling, polish 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Achaemenid Empire, Asia Minor 
Geography
Asia Minor 
Time period
BCE 4th century ~ BCE 4th century 
Creation date
4th Century BCE. 
Function
A seal or an amulet 
Acquisition
From private collection of V.V. Pavlov, 1996. 
Copyright
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Museum
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Credit line
The State Museum of Oriental Art 

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