Scarab with a horseman

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


Length: 12 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Carnelian (reddish orange for the beetle; orange-red for the intaglio). Scarab composed of two glued parts: a beetle pierced lengthwise; and a flat, oval intaglio with hatched plinth. Horseman in the process of mounting or dismounting a bridled horse. Both frontal. A sword hangs on his left side. Hatched border. ‘A globolo’ technique. Back carved as a beetle with a hatched line separating the thorax from the elytra, which are divided by three lines. Winglets are indicated with two diagonal lines. Linear and hatched legs. A small chip is missing on the left side of the intaglio.


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

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Gardner Brewer