Scarab with Eros flying

Italic, Etruscan
Early Classical Period
480–450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 045 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Legacy dimension: 0.013 L

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Dark, almost opaque, orange-red carnelian. Scarab with a flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Winged Eros in profile flying to left and holding a fillet (taenia) in his hands. Pellet border. Back carved as a beetle with a hatched border around the thorax, a simple line dividing the elytra, and detailed winglets. Detailed legs with spined front legs. Offset plinth with a simple line border. Chips missing on the beetle side near the stringholes.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 45: from Arezzo: Furtwängler says Chiusi, wrongly it seems; formerly in the Evans collection); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912