Pseudo-scarab with man driving two-horse chariot

Archaic Period
550–500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 023 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Thickness x Width x length: 0.5 x 0.8 x 1.1 cm (3/16 x 5/16 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing. Motif oriented horizontally. Convex side: Smiling youth, wearing a cap or helmet. Fringe of hair along forehead hatched. In place of ears, two circles with center deeply incised. Rump and back legs of beetle represented. Flat side: Man driving a two-horse chariot towards left. Wheel has four spokes. Very cursorily rendered. Hatched border.


By date unknown: Bruschi collection at Corneto (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 23); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 129.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren