Scarab with satyr standing of sphinx

Archaic Period
mid-6th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 017 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Dark brown with creamy yellow patches. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing. Motif is oriented vertically. A satyr with equine feet and an erect phallus, stands over a sphinx and seizes her by the hair. Body of the sphinx is facing left, but her head is twisted back towards the right. Beetle: Carinated profile. Double hatched line dividing thorax and elytra. Hatching on front and back legs.


By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 17: bought in Athens in 1901; formerly in the Postolakka collection); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912