Scarab with two winged females leading a youth

Italic, Etruscan
Archaic Period
525–500 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 036 (1920; 2002).

Accession Number

21.1198

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Deep, almost opaque, orange-red carnelian. Scarab with a flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Two winged females in long chitons leading a nude youth in profile to left. Only a single wing for each female figure is represented. Groundline with exergue filled with alternately hatched triangles. Pellet border. Back carved as a beetle with a hatched border around the thorax, a single line dividing the elytra, detailed winglets, and cross-hatched head. Detailed, plastic legs. Plinth decorated with a tongue pattern. The beetle is worn on the back and legs. Small chips missing around the border.

Provenance

By 1900: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 36: bought in 1900); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912