Scaraboid gem with a warrior (Odysseus?)

Classical Period
Late 5th–early 4th century B.C.


Length: 25 mm (1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Jasper mottled gray, red, and black. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (vertical). Motif oriented vertically. Bearded figure (Odysseus?), facing right, wears a pilos and chlamys, stands with left foot on a stone, left elbow on knee and chin on hand. In right hand he holds a sword in its scabbard. His beard is rendered by a series of round pellets. His hair hangs down along the back of his neck. Motif set on a ground line.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Corinth.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution