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Intaglio with Bellerophon and Pegasus Set in a Mount
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Intaglio with Bellerophon and Pegasus Set in a Mount


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Description Gem engraving was a major art form in ancient Greece and Rome. Precious stones were thought to have healing and protective powers and were used as amulets and seals as well as jewelry. Engraved or incised gems, known as intaglios, were often decorated with winged creatures, such as the sphinx and the griffin. The immortal winged horse Pegasos sprang from Medusa's neck when she was decapitated by the hero Perseus. While Pegasos was drinking from a spring at Corinth, the hero Bellerophon tamed him with a bridle given to him by the goddess Athena.
Exhibitions
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
  • Things With Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art. Ward Museum, Salisbury. 2009.
  • 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 Joseph Brummer, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1942

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Period
early 1st century
Medium
sardonyx; mount: gold
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.1317
Measurements
Bezel H: 1 x W: 11/16 in. (2.6 x 1.8 cm); Mount H: 1 1/4 x W: 7/8 x D: 1/4 in. (3.1 x 2.3 x 0.64 cm)
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