Scaraboid gem with winged monster

Archaic Period
mid 6th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 019 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intalgio. Pierced for stringing. Motif oriented horizontally. Winged female monster (possibly a Gorgon or Erinys) running left, with snake in left hand. She wears a cuirass and a short chiton with a kolpos. Her head and legs are in profile; the torso is frontal. Line border.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 19: Bought in Brighton); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 93.26); 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