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Scarab intaglio with Ajax falling on his sword

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Suspended on gold wire. Ajax falling on his sword.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 41: from the Boulton collection [sale catalogue, no. 3]); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 117.26); 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, Archaic Period, first quarter of 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 041 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Murky sard


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids