Scaraboid gem with two Amazons

Classical Period
450–425 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 049 bis (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 25 mm (1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rock crystal

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horiztonal). Motif oriented horizontally. At left, an Amazon, wearing a short chiton with long sleeves, leggings with a lozenge pattern, and a pointed cap with two straps, seated on a rock. She holds a staff in her right hand and reaches up to the horse standing in front of her. Another Amazon, in a similar costume, rides the horse toward the seated figure. She holds the reins in her left hand and a crop in her right. The scene is situated on an uneven ground line. Hatched border.


By 1919: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 49 bis: from Melos. Formerly in the Evans Collection: acquired in 1919.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 59.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912