Scarab with a horseman

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


Length: 11.5 mm (7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Dark orange-red carnelian. Scarab with flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Man in profile on a bridled, rearing horse to left. Partial groundline. Hatched border. ‘A globolo’ technique. Back carved as a beetle with a low profile. A line divides the elytra. Winglets indicated with two diagonal lines. Linear middle legs and plastic, hatched back and front legs. Hatched plinth. Crack and white vein on the left side of the beetle.


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

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Gardner Brewer