Scarab with a horseman

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.336

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Dark, almost opaque, red carnelian with dark inclusions. Scarab with a flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Man on a horse, holding a spear horizontally, in profile to left. Undefined design at his back. Crude single-line border. Crude ‘a globolo’ technique. Only the irregular, hatched plinth and bottom of the spined legs remain of the scarab, which was cut off.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane