Scarab with a youth holding a lyre and a dog

Late Archaic Period
500–480 B.C.


Length: 19 mm; thickness: 11 mm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Dark, brownish red carnelian with dark inclusions. Scarab with a flat, oval intaglio base; pierced lengthwise. Youth in profile to right, bent over a lyre held in his arms. A collared dog, looking up, below. Cable border. Back carved as a beetle with a pointed, hatched border separating the thorax and elytra. Slightly carinated back with a line dividing the elytra. Chevron-shaped winglets. Plastic, but crude, hatched legs. Offset plinth. Beetle’s head and chip on the plinth missing. Slightly scratched surface.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; June 22, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 274.27); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, November 17, 1927 for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912