Scarab with two winged figures carrying the body of a dead warrior

Italic, Etruscan
Late Archaic Period
early 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 038 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length x width: 15 x 6 cm (5 7/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Two winged figures (one nude male, one clothed female) carry a dead nude youth. The male figure grasps the youth’s right knee and left calf and looks down, while the female figure supports the youth’s upper body and looks at her companion. The youth’s right arm hangs behind his head. The perspective is a mixture of frontal and profile views. Hatched border.


By 1883, acquired in Naples by Michal Tyskiewicz (b. 1828 – d. 1897), Paris (bought in Naples, according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, p. 34, no. 38 and P. I. Meier, “Sopra un’anfora della collezione Buorguignon in Napoli,” Annali dell’Instituto di Corrispondenza Archeologica, 1883, pp. 213-214, ill.). By 1920, Edward Perry Warren; April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912