Engraved Tabloid Gem

Pendants Grouplate 5th - early 4th century B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Tabloid gem engraved on its base, top and shoulders. Engraved on the base is the image of a Persian horseman drawing a bow at a rearing lion. He wears a soft cap and sleeved tunic over trousers. His horse has a decorated saddle cloth and dressed tail. Engraved on the top is the image of a Maltese dog. Engraved on the shoulders is the image of running animals: an antelope, a fox, a calf, and a bear.

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  • Title: Engraved Tabloid Gem
  • Creator: Pendants Group
  • Date: late 5th - early 4th century B.C.
  • Location Created: Asia Minor
  • Physical Dimensions: 1.1 x 1.4 x 1.9 cm (7/16 x 9/16 x 3/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Blue chalcedony
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Gem
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 81.AN.76.89
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 212, Coins, Gems and Jewelry
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greco-Persian
  • Classification: Jewelry