Scarab with youth running with rooster

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 013 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Green Jasper. Intaglio. Naked youth running left, holding rooster in left hand. Bow slung over right shoulder. Cabled border. Beetle: High plinth. Hatched line between thorax and elytra. Line between the elytra with two short lines forming small triangles with thorax line. Stone scooped away on either side of rump. Hatching along front legs and face.


By dates unknown: from Iviza and the Kennedy collection (sale catalogue, March 1918, lot 212.2, according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 13); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 103.26); 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