Scarab with the centaur Nessos

Italic, Etruscan
Classical Period
4th century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

31.965

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Dark, orange-red carnelian with dark inclusions. Scarab with a flat, oblong intaglio base; pierced lengthwise. The centaur Nessos in ¾ view and head looking back walking to right. He holds a club over his left shoulder and carries a cloak over his right arm. Cable border. Back carved as a beetle with two lines dividing the thorax and elytra. Two lines between the elytra. Winglets indicated with three and four diagonal lines. Plastic, hatched legs. Thin, offset plinth.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Richard Norton; August 11, 1908: loaned to MFA by Richard Norton (as 423.08); returned December 12, 1929; December 3, 1931: purchased by MFA for $ 160.00.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund