Scaraboid gem with Apollo and tripod

Early Classical Period
480–450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 049 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 21 mm (13/16 in.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Chalcedony mottled with yellow jasper. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented vertically. Apollo, at left, naked and on a partial ground line, moves towards a tripod and extends his right hand over one of the rings; he holds a bow in his left hand. The tripod has lion’s feet, a curved rim, reinforcing bands around the legs, and three circular handles; it stands on its own ground line.


By 1908: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 49 it was bought in 1908 from a Greek, who alleged that it came from Delphi); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 83.26); 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