Scarab with a fantastical animal-hybrid monster
late 6th century B.C.
Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Winged composite creature flying to right. Creature has head (now lost, only mane is still visible) and forelocks of a horse, body of a goat, and tail of a rooster. Large chip in the upper right corner of seal face. Cabled border. Beetle: only partially carved. No dividing line between thorax and elytra, only two small hatches on either side. Ridge separating elytra. Hatch marks along front legs and on the clypeus.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution