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


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