Scarab with Herakles struggling against the Nemean lion

Greek, East Greek
Classical Period
About 450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 086 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Legacy dimension: 0.018 L.

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Herakles, nude, in profile to the right, is locked in combat with the Nemean lion. Both support themselves on one leg as they grapple. Herakles wraps his arms around the lion’s neck as it tries to gore his stomach with its teeth. His right knee is raised to push the lion away as it tries to claw him with its paws. Hatched border.


By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 256 (said to have been sent from Constantinople according to Froehner); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 88.26); 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