Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Intaglio depicting Bellerophon riding Pegasus
Roman, Early Imperial Period, 1st century BCE
Amethyst
H: 1.4; W: 1.7 cm
The Harry Stern Collection, bequeathed by Dr. Kurt Stern, London, in memory of his parents and his brother, who perished at Sobibor
Accession number: 76.42.2425
 
 
Bellerophon’s greatest feat was killing the Chimera, a monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. To reach the Chimera, he rode the winged horse Pegasus.


Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir