Scarab with vulture perched on rock above coiled serpent

Etruscan
Classical
450–400 B.C.


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 0.016 L.

Accession Number

27.773

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Vulture on rocky outcropping, bending down toward a coiled, bearded serpent. Hatched border. Back carved as a beetle with hatched line around the thorax. Plastic legs and spiked front legs. Slightly offset plinth with tongue pattern. Two cracks on the intaglio side. Reddish orange carnelian. Scarab with flat, oval base engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 45.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren