Engraved Scarab

Lyre Player Groupsecond half of 8th century B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Scarab gem engraved with the image of a standing lyre player, a kneeling figure, and two other standing figures, who all face a seated figure. The thick groundline is emphasized with a hatched horizontal band below the scene. The back of the scarab is only summarily worked. Framed by a linear border.

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  • Title: Engraved Scarab
  • Creator: Lyre Player Group
  • Date: second half of 8th century B.C.
  • Location Created: Northern Syria, Syria
  • Physical Dimensions: 2 x 1.5 x 1 cm (13/16 x 9/16 x 3/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Dark brown serpentine
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Scarab
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 85.AN.370.3
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 212, Coins, Gems and Jewelry
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Near Eastern, Cilician
  • Classification: Jewelry