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Scarab with Herakles and Apollo struggling over the Delphic tripod.

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Banded agate: black, white, brownish/grey. Intaglio. Perforations do not go all the way through. Motif oriented horizontally. Struggle for the Delphic tripod: Herakles at right, wearing lion skin carries tripod in right hand, club in left, and moves right, while turning head back to regard...

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Date unknown: found at Corneto (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 14); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 123.26); 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. 014 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


1.3 cm (1/2 in.); Legacy dimension: 0.013 L.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids