Scarab with the centaur Nessos

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


Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


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.


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