Pseudo-scarab with a running girl and head of a satyr on the back

Italic, Etruscan
Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
500–470 B.C.


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 0.013 L.

Accession Number

98.735

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Orange-red carnelian. Pseudo-scarab with a flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. This gem depicts a victor in the girls’ running race. She carries a palm branch, perhaps a symbol of victory, as she lifts the hem of her skirt. Etruscan girls competed in footraces fully clothed, while Greek girls wore a shorter garment that left one breast bare. Back carved as the forepart of a beetle with the elytra replaced with the head of a satyr with a hatched beard. Partial hatched plinth. Chip missing between the front legs of the beetle.

Provenance

Date unknown: according to Warren's records: seen in Florence by A. J. Evans before its acquisition by Count Tyszkiewicz; by date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection (bought in Naples); 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 260; by 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund