Scarab with a charging bull

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.


Length: 19 mm (3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Mottled, almost opaque, orange-red carnelian. Scarab with flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise; set in a modern gold swivel mount. Bull about to charge to left. Drilled body and head. Small drill holes for muzzle and joints. Single-line border. Back carved as a beetle with two lines separating the thorax and dividing the elytra. Two diagonal lines indicate winglets. Linear legs. Offset plinth. Chips missing around the plinth.


By date unknown: Collection of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes; Gift of the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes, through Miss Sarah H. Blanchard, July 18, 1912

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes