Scaraboid gem with stooping warrior

Greek
Late Archaic Period
Early 5th century B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 030 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length x width: 14 x 11 mm (9/16 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.1195

Medium or Technique

Sard

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced (horizontal). Nude warrior stoops to the right to pick up a crested helmet, while holding a round shield in his right hand. He has a fringe of curls above his forehead and along the back of his neck. Highly detailed and precisely modeled musculature. Greek letter ‘alpha’ in the field, at right. Hatched border.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 30: bought at Castrogiovanni [Enna] in Sicily); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912