Scaraboid gem with griffin

Classical Period
mid-5th–mid-4th century B.C.


Length: 23 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Chalcedony (burnt?). Intaglio. Partially pierced for mounting (horizontal); perforations are very shallow. Motif oriented horizontally. Crouching griffin with pointy ears and spiky mane faces right. Griffin has its mouth open and the tongue sticking out. Hatching along the underbelly of the griffin and striations along the griffin’s upper body to represent fur. Motif situated on a faint ground line and there are dots in the exergue. Hatched border. Broken on back, convex side.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: from the Morrison sale, catalogue no. 31); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund