Scarab with two men next to a severed head

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
mid 4th–3rd century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 12.5 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number

98.1119

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Orange-red carnelian. Scarab with a flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Two standing, bearded men, nude except a chlamys over one shoulder, facing each other. Between, a head in profile to right on a short column. Partial groundline. Hatched border. Back carved as a beetle on a cable border plinth. A hatched line separates the thorax from the elytra, which are divided by three lines. Linear, hatched legs.

Provenance

By date unknown: Mrs. Gardner Brewer Collection; bequest of Mrs. Gardner Brewer to MFA; accessioned: November 1898

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Gardner Brewer