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Scarab intaglio with Herakles at a fountain

Herakles drawing water in pointed amphora from a fountain with lion's head spout. Behind him his club and bow with string loose. Inscribed [inscription] Heracle retrograde.

Provenance

By 1914: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 43: From Chiusi, bought in 1914); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 104.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Italic, Etruscan, Early 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 043 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Accession Number

27.718

Medium or Technique

Banded agate

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids