Ring with lions supporting a scarab bezel

Italic, Etruscan
Late Archaic Period
early 5th century B.C.


Legacy dimension: 0.023 D.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, carnelian

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



A ring with the hoop composed of the foreparts of two lions holding a small bleached carnelian scarab. The intaglio device (two figures) faces the interior of the ring.


By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 194 (said to have been found in Populonia [Etruria]); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1910: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $4,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 10.159-10.230)

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund and Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution