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Scarab Carved in Intaglio with a Pig-Man
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Scarab Carved in Intaglio with a Pig-Man


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Description The figure of a pig-headed man derives from the epic story "The Odyssey," which tells of Odysseus' visit to the island home of Circe, a sorceress who turned Odysseus' companions into swine. The stooping pose and hatched border of this carved intaglio scarab are typical Etruscan stylistic motifs. The kantharos balancing on the figure's knees likely contains the potion responsible for his transformation.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
8/29/1960Examinationother
Exhibitions
  • Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), New York. 2009-2011.
Provenance Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by inheritance; Sale, Joseph Brummer, New York, 1942; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1942

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Creator
Period
5th century BCE (Late Archaic-Classical)
Medium
chalcedony set in a modern gold ring
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.847
Measurements
Gem H: 9/16 x W: 1/2 in. (1.5 x 1.2 cm); Ring H: 11/16 x W: 13/16 x D: 7/8 in. (1.7 x 2 x 2.2 cm)
Geography
  • Italy (Etruria) (Place of Discovery)

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