Scarab with a fantastical animal-hybrid monster

Archaic Period
late 6th century B.C.


Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rock crystal

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

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

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution