Scaraboid gem with crouching panther

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 080 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Translucent yellow with opaque orange spots and streaks. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Female panther crouching with head tilted back, mouth open and tongue out; upper fangs also visible. Eye indicated by a pellet.


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 263 (said to have been found in Sicily); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912