Scarab with a stooping man

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


Dimensions

Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

18.340

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Orange-red carnelian with white inclusions. Scarab with a flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Upper part of a man in profile to right leaning over an unidentified object. Simple line border with notches along the edge. ‘A globolo’ technique. Back carved as a beetle with two lines separating the thorax and elytra. Three lines dividing the elytra. Schematic, plastic legs with hatching. Offset plinth. The lower two thirds of the intaglio and a large chip on the beetle’s head are missing.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane