Scarab with warrior carrying wounded man

Greek
Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
5th century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 1.1 cm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.666

Medium or Technique

Onyx

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Banded onyx: opaque white, translucent white, brown. Intaglio. Set in modern gold swivel hoop ring. Motif oriented vertically. Warrior walking left, looks over left shoulder to the right; ends of fillet extend away from his head. He carries a wounded or dead man, who has been impaled by a spear in his lower abdomen; hair is loose and left arm flung over head. Ground line. Cable border. Beetle: flattened. Line border around thorax, which become a hatched at the division between thorax and elytra. Dividing line between elytra. Small winglets on both elytra.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; loaned by Edward Perry Warren to MFA, April 5, 1926 (as 49.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912