Scarab with Turms/Hermes

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
late 4th century B.C.


Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Deep, almost opaque, brownish red carnelian. Scarab with flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Turms/Hermes standing frontally with head in profile to right. He wears a spotted and hemmed long chlamys and holds a reversed caduceus across his torso. Pellet border. Back carved as a beetle with a hatched line around the thorax and a single line dividing the elytra. Plastic legs with spined front legs. Plinth with tongue pattern. Small chips missing around the beetle’s head and intaglio’s border. The beetle shows signs of wear on its back.


By date unknown: Morrison Collection (according to Warren's records: Morrison sale, no. 47); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund