Scarab with a seated figure holding a thunderbolt (Tinia/Zeus) or a branch

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


Dimensions

Length: 13.5 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.337

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Mottled, almost opaque, sard. Scarab with flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Draped figure, holding a thunderbolt (Tinia/Zeus) or a branch, seated on a stool in profile to right. Cable border. ‘A globolo’ technique. Back carved as a beetle with a hatched border separating the thorax from the elytra and a single line between the latter. Chevrons indicate winglets. Plastic but crude legs with hatching on the front legs. Partial, offset plinth. Missing chip on the beetle’s head.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane