Scarab with bull

Late Archaic Period
Early 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 035 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Set in modern gold ring. Pierced (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Bull facing left, between kneeling and standing position. Bull has shaggy hair around head and chest rendered by a series of diagonal lines. Hatched border. Beetle: hatched line divided thorax and elytra; line between the elytra.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (from memory from Greece according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 35); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 115.26); 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