Scarab with a griffin

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.


Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Orange-red carnelian. Scarab with a flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Griffin with extended wings in profile to left. Hatched border. ‘A globolo’ technique. Back carved as a beetle with the thorax and the elytra divided with a line. Winglets indicated with a chevron and a line on the right and two parallel lines on the left. Plastic, hatched legs. Hatched plinth.


By date unknown: Mrs. Gardner Brewer Collection; bequest of Mrs. Gardner Brewer to MFA; accessioned: November 1898

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Gardner Brewer