Scarab with Bes(?) running with goats

Near Eastern, Levantine, Phoenician
Archaic Period
mid-6th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 010 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

27.763

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Bes, with a lion tail and possibly in lion skin, running to the right, with a wild goat in either hand. Hatched border.
Beetle has a single line between thorax and elytra. Carination between elytra. Hatching along front legs. Stone falls away at rump.

Provenance

Date unknown: Bruschi Collection at Corneto (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 10); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 118.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren