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Scaraboid gem with a griffin clutching the corpse of a youth

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Intaglio. Pieced for stringing (horiztonal). Motif oriented horizontally. Griffin facing left, clutches in its forelocks a dead youth, lying prone with one arm thrown above his head. Griffin has curved beak, pointy ears, large eye and has its mouth open with tongue sticking out. Hatched border.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 29: formerly in the Naue collection at Munich); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Late Archaic Period, early 5th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 029 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids