Scarab with dying Othryades and two fallen warriors

Modern
19th century
about 1800–1850


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 0.021 L.

Accession Number

27.772

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Dark, almost opaque, orange-red carnelian. Scarab with a flat, oblong intaglio base; pierced lengthwise. Two warriors, nude except for helmet, fallen on their shield. The head and shoulder of a third is seen, upside-down, at right. At left, a Greek inscription in negative counterclockwise “of Apollodotos”. Deep, curved ground line. Double cable border. Back carved as a beetle with a hatched border around the thorax and three lines dividing the elytra. Winglets in relief shaped like a right angle. Plastic legs with spined front legs. Plinth with cable border.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 43.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren