Scarab with satyr and maenad

Greek
Archaic
mid-6th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Length: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

23.595

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Maena and Satyr: on the left the satyr with equine feet holding lyre in right hand; body in profile to left and head facing; to the right, a maenad dancing, wearing a chiton; body in profile to right and head looking back at the satyr. A wreath hanging in the field between their heads. Hatched border. Back carved as a beetle with a hatched border around the thorax, palmette and raised line dividing the elytra, and doted head. Detailed legs. Offset, undecorated plinth. Red and black mottled jasper. Scarab with flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Device oriented horizontally.

Provenance

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