Scarab with a youth playing a lyre and in reverse a youth holding a large head

Italic, Etruscan
Late Archaic Period
about 500–475 B.C.


Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Orange-red carnelian. Flat, oval intaglio base cut from a scarab; two indentations from original stringhole on the back. Double subject. A nude youth, bent in profile to left, playing a lyre. In reverse, a nude youth in profile to right holding a large, bearded head facing right. His foot is visible over the shoulder of the lyre player. Hatched border. Faint lines of hatched border on the plinth. Chipped around the plinth and scratched.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought from a German of Florence who said he got it in "Italy".); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution