Scaraboid with coitus and eagle
Classical or Hellenistic Period
4th century B.C.
Lewes House Gems, no. 063 (1920; 2002).
Length: 23 mm (7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Discolored (burnt?) chalcedony. Scaraboid intaglio, engraved on both sides and pierced lengthwise. On flat base, coitus between Greek male and Near Eastern woman on draped bed. On the convex side, eagle in three-quarter view to left with spread wings and head turned back, holding thunderbolt in talons (probably a later, Hellenistic addition). Small chips missing around the edge.
By 1911: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 63: Bought in 1911 from a Greek who said it came from Tripolitza in Peloponnese.); November 21, 1923: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA
Gift of Edward Perry Warren