Scaraboidal gem with gorgon as winged centaur seizing a lion

Archaic Period
6th century B.C.


Length: 27 mm (1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rock crystal

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Intaglio. Convex surface. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Gorgon with snaky hair (Medusa?) as a winged centaur with human front legs, faces right and seizes a lion by its front legs. Her robe has a geometric border down the front and across her beck right leg. Her face is frontal. Lion is in profile at right. Hatched border and zig-zag line in exergue.


By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 270; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution