Scarab with a seated warrior (Achle/Achilles?)

Italic, Etruscan
Classical Period
450–400 B.C.


Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Deep, almost opaque, red carnelian. Scarab with a flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Warrior (Achle/Achilles?) in profile to left seated on a folding stool. His head rests on his right arm propped on his leg. His left hand holds a spear. A sword in a scabbard behind the stool. Cable border. Back carved as a beetle with a hatched border separating the thorax and elytra. Three lines divide the elytra. Winglets indicated with three diagonal lines. Plastic, hatched legs. Hatched plinth.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution