Scaraboid gem with female head

Greek, South Italian
Classical Period
Early 4th century B.C.


Length: 16 mm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented vertically. Frontal female head (possibly a nymph), wearing a collar-style necklace. She has short hair, parted in the middle that fans out all around her face, wide nose, and large, almond-shaped eyes. Head tilted slightly to left. Cable border.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in London from Ready who said it was from Asia Minor.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution