Scarab with youth and grotesque head

Italic, Etruscan
Classical Period
430–320 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 087 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 1.3 cm (1/2 in)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. A nude youth, facing right, bends forward and pokes at a grotesque head with a stick. He places his left foot on a small ledge of rock in front of the head. He has short hair indicated by a series of striations and his body is rendered in a combination of profile and three-quarter views. He holds the stick in his left hand. There is a cloak over his right arm, which is he holds behind his back. The grotesque head rests on a rock, and is depicted with its mouth open and tongue sticking out, perhaps to make an oracular pronouncement. Hatched border.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 87: From the Bruschi collection at Corneto.); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912