Scarab with a fallen warrior (Capne?)

Italic, Etruscan
Classical Period
480–430 B.C.


Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Deep, almost opaque, brownish red carnelian. Scarab with flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise; mounted in a modern golden ring. Nude warrior, maybe Capne, fallen to one knee in profile to left. A spear transfixes his torso. He holds a shield on his right arm. A sword rests below his knee. Hatched border. Back carved as a beetle with a hatched border around the thorax and two raised lines dividing the elytra. Detailed winglets. Crisscrossed pattern on the head. Detailed, hatched legs. Plinth with tongue pattern. Chip missing on the beetle’s back and a small one by the warrior’s knee.


By date unknown: Morrison Collection (according to Warren's records: Morrison sale, no. 53); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 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