Engraved Scarab with Apollo Playing the Lyre set in a Gold Swivel Ring (Front)


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A scarab beetle is carved on top, with an ovolo border surmounted by a dotted border around its base. On the underside, the god Apollo sits on a rocky perch, leaning forward while bent over a lyre with four strings. He wears a mantle draped around his waist and left shoulder; his bow lies behind his legs. An inscription in Latin, in two lines runs underneath the lyre and through the bow: APOLO. Hatched border. Its original setting is preserved, a heavy gold hoop with conical terminals with gold wire wrapped around the shoulders of the hoop that are used to hold the scarab in place.


  • Title: Engraved Scarab with Apollo Playing the Lyre set in a Gold Swivel Ring (Front)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 350 B.C.
  • Location Created: Etruria (Italy)
  • Physical Dimensions: 1.6 × 1.3 × 1 cm (5/8 × 1/2 × 3/8 in.)
  • Type: Gem
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Scarab: cornelian; ring: gold
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2019.13.11
  • Culture: Etruscan
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Jewelry

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