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Scarab with a satyr tuning his lyre

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented vertically. Satyr rests lyre on his right thigh and holds it in place with right hand, while tuning pegs with left hand. Head is thrown back. Signed in Greek: Onesimos. Hatched border. Beetle: Ridged back. Single line dividing thorax...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; April 5, 1926: loaned by Edward Perry Warren to MFA (as 97.26); 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, 525–500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 024 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids