Scarab with a man bathing

Italic, Etruscan or Modern
Classical Period or Modern
late 5th–early 4th 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

Carnelian (reddish orange for the scarab; orange-red for the intaglio). Scarab composed of two glued parts: a beetle pierced lengthwise; and a flat, oval intaglio with hatched plinth. Nude man, frontal body and profile head, leaning to the right to wash his hair over a tall vessel or bassin. In between stands a thin object, either a sword or a staff. Cable border. Back carved as a beetle. A hatched line separates the thorax from the elytra, which are divided by three lines. Winglets are indicated with two diagonal lines. Linear and hatched legs. Hatched plinth. The intaglio is cracked vertically.


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

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Gardner Brewer