Scarab with Herakles

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 013 bis (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Green Jasper. Intaglio. Herakles standing in three-quarters view to the left. He holds a club in his left hand and a bow and two arrows in his right hand. He is naked and beardless and has short hair rendered with individual pellets.
Beetle: high plinth. Hatched line between thorax and elytra; thin line dividing elytra with two short lines forming two very small triangles with the thorax border line. Stone slightly cut away on either side of rump.


By dates unknown: from Iviza and the Kennedy Collection (sale catalogue, March 1918, lot 213.1, according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 13 bis); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 122.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren