Scarab with Herakles

Near Eastern, Levantine, Phoenician
Late Archaic Period
Early 5th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 013 bis (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.765

Medium or Technique

Jasper

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Green Jasper. Intaglio. Herakles standing in three-quarters view to the left. He holds a club in his left hand and a bow and two arrows in his right hand. He is naked and beardless and has short hair rendered with individual pellets.
Beetle: high plinth. Hatched line between thorax and elytra; thin line dividing elytra with two short lines forming two very small triangles with the thorax border line. Stone slightly cut away on either side of rump.

Provenance

By dates unknown: from Iviza and the Kennedy Collection (sale catalogue, March 1918, lot 213.1, according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 13 bis); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 122.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren