Scarab with winged monster

Near Eastern, Levantine, Phoenician
Late Archaic Period
Early 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 011 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Green Jasper. Intaglio. Winged monster with body of lion and human torso and head standing right. Bearded and wearing a fillet. Hands raised in gesture of adoration. Hatched border.
Beetle has large plinth; hatched border between thorax and elytra; thin line dividing elytra with two short lines forming two very small triangles with the thorax border line.


By dates unknown: from Iviza and the Kennedy collection (sale catalogue, March 1918, lot 213.1, according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 11); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 106.26); 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