Scarab with satyr and maenad
mid-6th century B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 015 (1920; 2002, additional published references).
Length: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Maena and Satyr: on the left the satyr with equine feet holding lyre in right hand; body in profile to left and head facing; to the right, a maenad dancing, wearing a chiton; body in profile to right and head looking back at the satyr. A wreath hanging in the field between their heads. Hatched border. Back carved as a beetle with a hatched border around the thorax, palmette and raised line dividing the elytra, and doted head. Detailed legs. Offset, undecorated plinth. Red and black mottled jasper. Scarab with flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Device oriented horizontally.
According to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 15: purchased by Edward Perry Warren in Paris at Hôtel Drouot sale (March 24-26, 1902, pl. 1, fig. 18, no. 26,); November 21, 1923: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA
Gift of Edward Perry Warren