Scaraboid gem with griffin

Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
5th century B.C.


Length: 22 mm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced (horiztonal). Motif oriented horizontally. Griffin facing left. The griffin has long pointed ears, a spiky mane, and beak. Its mouth is open. Its hooves are indicated by a group of round pellets; three of its legs are grounded, while the front left leg is slightly raised. Ribs and haunch muscles indicated. Wings extend from the side of the griffin and extend up and back from the shoulder. The feathers are rendered by a series of parallel horizontal line, crossed by a single vertical line extending from the shoulder.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry. Warren (according to his records: bought from a Greek); loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren, October 28, 1925 (as 569.25); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, November 17, 1927, for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912