Scarab ring with lion

Near Eastern, Levantine, Phoenician or Cypriot
Archaic Period
6th–early 5th century B.C.


Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver and carnelian

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Orange with dark veins carnelian scarab, mounted in ancient silver swivel ring. Intaglio on scarab base: recumbent lion to right on a background of eleven tall papyrus plants, alternating budding and blooming flowers. Groundline and cross-hatching in the exergue. Beetle with a double line separating the thorax and elytra and carinated back. Some scratches on the intaglio. Some chips missing around the beetle. Swivel ring fused because of whitish accretions. Silver hoop and copper alloy (?) plate separated.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in London, but said and no doubt truly, to be from Cyprus); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund