Scarab with nymph and satry dancing
mid-6th century B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 015 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Length: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Jasper mottled red and black. Intalgio. Pierced for stringing. Motif oriented horizontally. At left, a satyr with equine feet holds a lyre in right hand; head is frontal. Dancing nymph at right; wears a chiton; body faces right, but she looks back at satyr. Between their heads, in the field, a wreath. Hatched border. Beetle: Hatched border around thorax. Small palmette at midpoint of thoracic/elytra division. Small bump separates the elytra and simple lines outline sides and curved ends of elytra.
According to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 15: purchased by Edward Perry Warren in Paris at Hôtel Drouot sale (March 24-26, 1902, pl. 1, fig. 18, no. 26,); November 21, 1923: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA
Gift of Edward Perry Warren