Scarab with two warriors supporting a wounded comrade

Italic, Etruscan
Classical Period
480–430 B.C.


Length: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Black and white banded agate. Two warriors support a wounded comrade. All three warriors are nude and wear crested helmets. At left, a warrior, with no beard, is shown in profile, and reaches for his fallen companion. At right, a bearded warrior is depicted in combination of profile and frontal views (head and left leg in profile; torso shown frontal); his right leg is obscured by the central figure. He carries a round shield on his right arm; his shield is partially visible above his shoulder. His left foot follows the line of the hatched border and is awkwardly bent to fit in the field. The central figure, also bearded, has fallen to his knees. His torso is frontal and head in profile to the left. He carries a round shield on his right arm, which is seen in the background. Hatched border. The modeling of the figures harkens back to the earlier Archaic period.


According to Warren's records: by date unknown: Howel Wills Collection, Florence; sold at Christie's, Feb. 1894, as lot 112; purchased at Christie's sale by Edward Perry Warren; 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund