Scaraboid with stag

.Classical Period
5th–4th century B.C.


Length: 17.3 x 15.2 mm (11/16 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Milky chalcedony. Scaraboid with intaglio on flat face. A stag stands facing a branch at right. Its antlers are large in proportion to its head and body. It is simplistically rendered, without attention to much detail, although its ears and tail are visible. There are a few small stray marks by the stag’s hind legs. The branch, perhaps palm, is equally simple and has six leaves. The gem is pierced horizontally for mounting or suspension. Its surfaces are very polished.


By date unknown: Burton Y. Berry Collection; gift to MFA from Burton Y. Berry in Memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut, October 15, 1969

Credit Line

Gift of Burton Y. Berry in memory of Michel Chiha of Beirut