Scarab with satyr

Late Archaic Period
early 5th century B.C.


Length: 16.5 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Milky-white chalcedony. Intaglio. Motif oriented vertically. A kneeling satyr, facing left, holds an amphora on his left shoulder and a wine pitcher (oinochoe) in his right hand. He supports the amphora with his left hand, and he appears to be pouring from the oinochoe. His torso is seen in three-quarters view; head and legs in profile. He has a very schematized torso, with very rounded pectorals, and three prominent abdominal muscles. He has a very long beard that obscures his upper right arm, a tail, round nose, and hair pulled back into a low bum. Hatched border.


Said to be from Northern Greece, Cavalla; by 1966: with Beacon Hill Coin Co., 40 Bromfield Street, Boston, Mass. 02108 (purchased from a Greek from Cavalla); purchased by MFA from Beacon Hill Coin Co., May 10, 1967

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund