Scaraboid gem with Athena

Late Archaic Period
510–500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 026 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 1.8 cm (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

Rosy-brown chalcedony (carnelian). Intaglio. Pierced for stringing. Motif oriented vertically. Athena carrying spear and shield walking to left on a ground line. She wears a crested helmet, chiton, and himation over both arms. Serpent head fringe visible on either side of himation; serpent head rearing up at the back of Athena’s left arm representing aegis mask.


By 1911: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 26: from the Evans collection; bought in 1911); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 87.26); 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