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Scarab with king holding lion

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Intaglio. Set in a modern gold bezel with spiraled wires running along the body of the beetle and forming a circular border around the string holes; the circular border from the tail side of the beetle is lost. A king, bearded and wearing a pointed helmet and long robe, holds a lion by the...

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Date unknown: Bruschi Collection at Corneto (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 9); by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 105.26); November 17, 1927: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren

Near Eastern, Levantine, Phoenician, Archaic Period, 6th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 009 (1920; 2002).


Length: 15 mm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids