Scarab with Iason/Jason being swallowed by the dragon

Italic, Etruscan
Early Classical Period
480–450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 046 (1920; 2002).


Height: 16 cm (6 4/16 in.); width: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.); depth: 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Dark, almost opaque, orange-red. Scarab with a flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Iason/Jason, helmeted and holding a shield on his right arm and a sword in his left, swallowed by the coiled dragon at right. Hatched border. Back carved as a beetle with a hatched border around the thorax and two lines dividing the elytra. Goffered head. Plastic, hatched legs. Plinth decorated with an egg pattern. Worn beetle. Small chips missing around the border.


By 1896: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 46: from the Bruschi collection at Corneto; bought in 1896); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912