Scarab with two men next to a severed head

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
mid 4th–3rd century B.C.


Length: 12.5 mm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Orange-red carnelian. Scarab with a flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Two standing, bearded men, nude except a chlamys over one shoulder, facing each other. Between, a head in profile to right on a short column. Partial groundline. Hatched border. Back carved as a beetle on a cable border plinth. A hatched line separates the thorax from the elytra, which are divided by three lines. Linear, hatched legs.


By date unknown: Mrs. Gardner Brewer Collection; bequest of Mrs. Gardner Brewer to MFA; accessioned: November 1898

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Gardner Brewer