Scarab with lions attacking bull
Near Eastern, Levantine, Phoenician
6th–early 5th century B.C.
Length: 17 mm (11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
Green jasper. Intaglio. Two lions attacking a bull, standing right. At right, lion raised on its back legs claws at the bull’s neck. Another lion, behind the hindquarters of the bull, bites its back. All three figures are on a ground line, below which is an exergue with cross-hatching. Hatched border around edge of seal face.
Beetle: large plinth. Double line between thorax and elytra. Pinched tail. Half-line separating elytra.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren
Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution