Scarab with Eros
Early 5th century B.C.
Overall: 1.2 x 2.4 cm (1/2 x 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.