Engraved Scaraboid with Perseus

Unknown (Greek)400–350 BC

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The hero Perseus tiptoes forward to the left on the groundline of this gem, perhaps in pursuit of the gorgon Medusa. He wears a winged diadem and winged sandals with a cloak draped over his right shoulder. One of the two spears held in his right hand has a sickle blade, the dorydepanon, attached to the shaft. He raises his left hand towards his mouth.


  • Title: Engraved Scaraboid with Perseus
  • Creator: Unknown (Greek)
  • Date Created: 400–350 BC
  • Physical Dimensions: 3 × 2.2 × 1.2 cm (1 3/16 × 7/8 × 1/2 in.)
  • External Link: Object Record
  • Medium: Mottled red jasper
  • Object Creditline: The J. Paul Getty Museum

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