Scaraboid gem with Apollo

Early Classical Period
480–450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 047 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 18 mm (11/16 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. Motif oriented vertically. Apollo stands with his right leg very slightly bent and his weight on left leg, holding a scepter in his left hand, and a branch of laurel in his right arm. He stands on a ground line. A hawk sits on his right forearm. His body is frontal, but his head is turned to the left, and he wears a cloak around his shoulders. He wears a fillet, and his hair is rendered by a series of striations terminating in pellets. There is a deer standing behind him, facing left. Line border.


According to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 47: by about 1890: Dr. Töpffer collection (acquired from Sparta according to Furtwängler but known many years previously); 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 264 (said to have been found in Greece); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 95.26); 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