Scarab with Eros

Late Archaic Period
Early 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 032 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Overall: 1.2 x 2.4 cm (1/2 x 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Set in modern gold bezel. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Eros flying to the right, and looking back over his right shoulder. Holding a branch in either hand. Wing curve up slightly at the tips. Wearing a mantle around his shoulders and draped over his arms. Torso is twisted: pectorals are frontal, rib cage and abdominals only partially visible. Hatched border. Beetle: double line separating thorax and elytra. Elytra not separated.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 32: found at Paphos; bought from a Dutch priest who purchased most of his antiquities at Amathus or Larnaka); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 128.26); 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)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912