Scarab with Herakles brandishing club
6th century B.C.
1.4 cm (9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund