Scaraboid gem with a horse

Classical Period
450–425 B.C.
Possibly by Dexamenos

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 067 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 20 mm (13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Flattened scaraboid. Motif oriented horizontally. Horse walking to the right, on a hatched ground line, and reins hanging loose. Right foreleg raised off the ground. Head comes very close to the edge of the field. Hatched border. Inscribed in Greek: “POTA” above the horse, and “NEA,” below, between the horse’s legs.


By 1895: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 67: Bought in 1895 from Hartwig. Formerly in the Postolakka collection at Athens, according to Imhoof-Blumer. Hartwig had it from Rhousopoulos, who said that it came from Messenia.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 68.26); 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