Scarab with a satyr tuning his lyre
Lewes House Gems, no. 024 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Length: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
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.
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)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912