Scarab with nymph and satry dancing

Archaic Period
mid-6th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 015 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

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

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren