Scarab with a horseman
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Dark, almost opaque, red carnelian with dark inclusions. Scarab with a flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Man on a horse, holding a spear horizontally, in profile to left. Undefined design at his back. Crude single-line border. Crude ‘a globolo’ technique. Only the irregular, hatched plinth and bottom of the spined legs remain of the scarab, which was cut off.
By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918
Gift of Alexander Cochrane