Scaraboid glass paste with recumbent lion

Classical Period
450–400 B.C.


Length: 18 x 14.73 mm (11/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass paste

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Clear glass paste. Imitation scaraboid with intaglio on flat face. A male lion is seated on all fours in repose facing right. Upon close examination, the individual tufts that make up its mane are visible, but no other details are present, and the overall impression is that of a crude and simplistic rendering of forms. There is an oval-shaped indentation on the surface of the gem into which the intaglio is carved, leaving a raised border around the gem’s edges. Its surfaces are unpolished, pitted, and worn. It is pierced horizontally for mounting or suspension.


By 1963: on the art market in Athens; one of a group of gems purchased in Greece or Asia Minor in 1963 by Cornelius C. Vermeule III on behalf of MFA with funds approved in advance by the Trustees; accessioned March 11, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour