Scaraboid gem with a sow and piglets

Classical Period
mid-5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 070 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horiztonal). Motif oriented horizontally. Sow walks to the right. She has a crested mane terminating at the shoulder; a row of short bristles across her back, followed by longer bristles along her rump. Underneath and between the legs of the sow, two piglets walk in the same direction. Hatched border, interrupted by the sow’s rear right leg.


By 1911: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 70: Bought in Athens, 1911.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 91.26); 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