Scaraboid with griffin

Greek, East Greek
Classical Period
475–400 B.C.


Length x width: 40 x 22 mm (1 9/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Pale blue chalcedony. Scaraboid with high dome and intaglio on flat face. A griffin crouches facing right, its forelegs extended. Its sharp beak is open and its ears are pointy. Its knee joints and paws are rendered as small knobs. Three vertical lines indicate ribs. The wing is covered with a series of horizontal lines indicating feathers, and the wing’s tip curls inwards. A short ridge of feathers stands on the back of the griffin’s neck. Its skinny tail is arched. The gem is pierced horizontally for mounting or suspension. There is a very small triangular chip on the bottom edge.


By 1961: Dr. L. Lahut Uzman Collection (according to his records: Bought from Bob Hecht Oct. 1961.); 1962: inherited by Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman; December 12, 1962: one of the group of 20 gems (62.1145–62.1164) purchased by MFA from Mrs. L. Lahut Uzman for a total price of $ 2,200-

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour