Scarab with lions attacking bull

Near Eastern, Levantine, Phoenician
Archaic Period
6th–early 5th century B.C.


Length: 17 mm (11/16 in.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

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

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution