Scarab with Herakles brandishing club

Archaic Period
6th century B.C.


1.4 cm (9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing. Motif is vertical. Herakles standing at left, faces right and raises club in his right hand, while holding a bow in his left. Quiver is hanging across his body. At right, a smaller figure steps back, with hands help up in supplication. Hatched border. Exergue has alternating diagonal lines. Beetle: hatched front legs. Double line between thorax and elytra. Line separating elytra.


By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 262 (bought in Naples); by 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1898, for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund