Scarab with a youth donning a greave

Italic, Etruscan
Late Archaic Period
500–480 B.C.


Length: 13 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Dense, orange-red carnelian with dark red veins. Scarab with a flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Youth, in profile to right, bent over to don a greave on his raised left shin. Braided or curly hair runs down his upper back. Etruscan inscription counterclockwise around the youth. Pellet border. Back carved as a beetle with a hatched line separating the thorax from the elytra. Ridged back with a triangle indicating the division of the elytra. Small winglets on each side. Schematic legs. Plinth decorated with a groove. Back shows signs of wear. Small chips missing around the plinth.


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

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution