Scarab with a satyr tuning his lyre

Greek
Archaic Period
525–500 B.C.
Onesimos


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 024 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.673

Medium or Technique

Steatite

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented vertically. Satyr rests lyre on his right thigh and holds it in place with right hand, while tuning pegs with left hand. Head is thrown back. Signed in Greek: Onesimos. Hatched border. Beetle: Ridged back. Single line dividing thorax and elytra.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned by Edward Perry Warren to MFA (as 97.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912