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Scarab with Herakles leading the horse of Diomedes

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing. Motif oriented horizontally. Herakles, wearing lion skin and carrying club in right hand, leads a horse by the bridle towards the right. Bow case in upper left corner. Pellet border. Chips along edges. Beetle: hatched line between thorax and elytra; spirals...

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Date unknown: Bruschi collection at Corneto (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 21); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 127.26); 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, 550–500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 021 (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