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Scarab with Herakles

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Green Jasper. Intaglio. Herakles standing in three-quarters view to the left. He holds a club in his left hand and a bow and two arrows in his right hand. He is naked and beardless and has short hair rendered with individual pellets. Beetle: high plinth. Hatched line between thorax and elytra;...

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By dates unknown: from Iviza and the Kennedy Collection (sale catalogue, March 1918, lot 213.1, according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 13 bis); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 122.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren

Near Eastern, Levantine, Phoenician, Late Archaic Period, Early 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 013 bis (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids