Scarab with satyr and maenad

mid-6th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 015 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

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

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren