Scarab with winged monster

Near Eastern, Levantine, Phoenician
Late Archaic Period
Early 5th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 011 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.659

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Green Jasper. Intaglio. Winged monster with body of lion and human torso and head standing right. Bearded and wearing a fillet. Hands raised in gesture of adoration. Hatched border.
Beetle has large plinth; hatched border between thorax and elytra; thin line dividing elytra with two short lines forming two very small triangles with the thorax border line.

Provenance

By dates unknown: from Iviza and the Kennedy collection (sale catalogue, March 1918, lot 213.1, according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 11); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 106.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912