Scaraboid gem with four-legged animal

Italic, Etruscan
Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.


Length x width: 7 x 5 mm (1/4 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. An unidentifiable four-legged animal facing left, with a large head, bulbous nose, and two long ears atop the head. Body is long and rounded. Two back legs are visible. The tail sticks up and bends forward. There is only one front leg, which extends from the jointure between the head and body. In front of the animal, below the large, round nose, a circle.


Tell Dafana (Daphnae). 1886: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 1, 1887.

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription