Scarab with a bird

Italic
Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 10 mm (3/8 in.)

Accession Number

18.341

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Reddish orange carnelian. Scarab with a flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Bird (duck?) in profile to left. Head and body drilled. Back carved as a beetle with two lines separating the thorax and elytra. A single line divides the elytra. Linear legs. Plinth with a groove. Crack on the left side of the beetle.

Provenance

By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane