Scarab with Herakles wrestling the Nemean lion

Italic, Etruscan
Classical Period
430–320 B.C.


Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Motif oriented vertically. Herakles, squatting, while wrestling the Nemean lion. Herakles, facing right, is nude and beardless. Herakles’ torso is in three-quarters view, with head and legs in profile. The lion is positioned over Herakles’ left shoulder, and bites his left thigh. The lion has a wild mane and prominent eyes indicated by deeply carved round dots. The lion’s head is frontal and body in profile. Herakles grasps the lion around its neck. Behind Herakles, at left, his club. Hatched border.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution