Scaraboid gem with a lion attacking a bull.

Late Archaic Period
about 500 B.C.


Length: 22 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Stone is opaque tan. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Lion attacks a bull by biting its haunches. Behind the bull, at left, a winged disc. Underneath the haunches of the lion, a small turtle. Hatched border.


By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 265; 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: "This gem was brought in to Rhousopoulos when J. M. was with him. It was given to Count Tyszkiewicz in exchange for one we had given him before, which we wanted back. Said to come from Thebes."); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund