Scaraboid gem with griffin

Classical Period
425–400 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 085 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 27 mm (1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Set in modern gold loop. A griffin, facing left, seated on a club (or a monumental ground line with dentals). The griffin has large paws, pointy ears, and spiky mane; its mouth is open and tongue sticking out. Feathers of the wings continue onto the griffin’s shoulders. In front of the griffin, at the extreme left edge of the field, is a bridled horse’s head, facing left.


By 1911: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 85: Said to be from Athens. Formerly in the Evans collection. Bought in 1911.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 72.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren