Scarab with the giant Meas throwing a stone

Italic, Etruscan
Classical Period
late 5th–early 4th century B.C.


Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Deep, almost opaque, brownish red carnelian. Scarab with a flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Giant from ¾ back about to throw a large stone held in his left hand. He holds a shield and some drapery over his right arm. A spear pierces his leg. Rocky ground. Etruscan inscription counterclockwise around his back. Hatched border. Back carved as a beetle with a hatched line separating the thorax and the elytra, which are divided by a single line. Detailed, spined legs. Plinth decorated with a tongue pattern. Milky patches over the surface.


By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 258 (bought in Naples); 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for
$ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund