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Scarab with bearded man running with lyre

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Predominately red with yellow bands and spots. Intaglio. Motif oriented vertically. Bearded man running to right, holding lyre in right hand, and rooster in left. Hatched border. Beetle: double line separating thorax and elytra. Dividing line between elytra.


1917: Bought in Athens by Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 18); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 125.26); 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

Greek, Archaic Period, mid-6th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 018 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids