Scarab with a seated figure holding a thunderbolt (Tinia/Zeus) or a branch

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


Length: 13.5 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Mottled, almost opaque, sard. Scarab with flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Draped figure, holding a thunderbolt (Tinia/Zeus) or a branch, seated on a stool in profile to right. Cable border. ‘A globolo’ technique. Back carved as a beetle with a hatched border separating the thorax from the elytra and a single line between the latter. Chevrons indicate winglets. Plastic but crude legs with hatching on the front legs. Partial, offset plinth. Missing chip on the beetle’s head.


By date unknown: Alexander Cochrane Collection; gift of Alexander Cochrane to MFA, August 1, 1918

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Cochrane