Scarab with forepart of lion

Archaic Period
525–500 B.C.


Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Head, shoulder and front leg of a lion, facing right, with mouth open and tongue sticking out. Mane of the lion rendered by a series of small lines and dots. Hatched border. Beetle: high plinth. Double line separating thorax from elytra. Single line separating elytra. Hatching on clypeus and front legs.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Marseilles); October 28, 1925: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren as 570.25; 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