Scarab with helmeted youth

Near Eastern, Levantine, Phoenician
Late Archaic Period
Early 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 012 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 14 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Green jasper. Intaglio. Head of a youth in profile to the left, wearing a crested, double-faced helmet: facing left a head of a silen; facing right a head of a lion. The silen is bearded and has pointed ears. The neck of the youth terminates in a row of five pellets; his hair falls down in a thick mat, in four rows, separated by grooves; each row is striated to render individual locks. Hatched border.
Beetle has double line between thorax and elytra; thin line dividing elytra with two short lines forming two very small triangles with the thorax border line. Stone cut away on either side of rump.


By dates unknown: from Iviza and the Kennedy Collection (sale catalogue, March 1918, lot 212.1, according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 12); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 120.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren