Scarab with bearded man running with lyre

Archaic Period
mid-6th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 018 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Predominately red with yellow bands and spots. Intaglio. Motif oriented vertically. Bearded man running to right, holding lyre in right hand, and rooster in left. Hatched border. Beetle: double line separating thorax and elytra. Dividing line between elytra.


1917: Bought in Athens by Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 18); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 125.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912