Scarab with satyr standing of sphinx

Greek
Archaic Period
mid-6th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 017 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.577

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Dark brown with creamy yellow patches. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing. Motif is oriented vertically. A satyr with equine feet and an erect phallus, stands over a sphinx and seizes her by the hair. Body of the sphinx is facing left, but her head is twisted back towards the right. Beetle: Carinated profile. Double hatched line dividing thorax and elytra. Hatching on front and back legs.

Provenance

By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 17: bought in Athens in 1901; formerly in the Postolakka collection); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912