Engraved Tabloid Gem (Main View, front)

Pendants Group

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

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.


  • Title: Engraved Tabloid Gem (Main View, front)
  • Creator: Pendants Group
  • Date Created: about 400 B.C.
  • Location Created: Asia Minor
  • Physical Dimensions: 1.1 × 1.4 × 1.9 cm (7/16 × 9/16 × 3/4 in.)
  • Type: Gem
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Blue chalcedony
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 81.AN.76.89
  • Culture: Achaemenid (Persian)
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Pendants Group
  • Classification: Jewelry

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