Scarab with Herakles and Apollo struggling over the Delphic tripod.

Greek
Archaic Period
mid-6th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 014 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

1.3 cm (1/2 in.); Legacy dimension: 0.013 L.

Accession Number

27.668

Medium or Technique

Agate

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Banded agate: black, white, brownish/grey. Intaglio. Perforations do not go all the way through. Motif oriented horizontally. Struggle for the Delphic tripod: Herakles at right, wearing lion skin carries tripod in right hand, club in left, and moves right, while turning head back to regard Apollo. Apollo, wearing a chiton grabs for tripod. At far right, a snake. Pellet border that becomes a continuous line below the ground band. Ground band is alternately hatched. Beetle: very detailed. Hatched border around thorax. Curved winglets on sides. Elytra separated by a line, from which spirals emerge just below thorax. Hatching along legs and base of plinth. Fluted head.

Provenance

Date unknown: found at Corneto (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 14); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 123.26); 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