Scarab with a horseman

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 11.5 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.1120

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Dark orange-red carnelian. Scarab with flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Man in profile on a bridled, rearing horse to left. Partial groundline. Hatched border. ‘A globolo’ technique. Back carved as a beetle with a low profile. A line divides the elytra. Winglets indicated with two diagonal lines. Linear middle legs and plastic, hatched back and front legs. Hatched plinth. Crack and white vein on the left side of the beetle.

Provenance

By date unknown: Mrs. Gardner Brewer Collection; bequest of Mrs. Gardner Brewer to MFA; accessioned: November 1898

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Gardner Brewer