Scaraboid with a Persian King Fighting a Greek Hoplite (Front)


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A Persian king spears a Greek warrior, who falls with his right leg bent and his left leg extended behind the king. In contrast to the warrior, shown nude while wearing only a crested Corinthian helmet and holding a spear and round shield, the king wears the kidaris, a kind of crown, a tunic, and leggings along with a quiver hung on his back. Both figures stand on a straight groundline.


  • Title: Scaraboid with a Persian King Fighting a Greek Hoplite (Front)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 450 B.C.
  • Location Created: Achaemenid (Persian) Empire, Eastern Mediterranean
  • Physical Dimensions: 1.7 × 1.2 × 0.7 cm (11/16 × 1/2 × 1/4 in.)
  • Type: Gem
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Banded agate
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2019.13.9
  • Culture: Achaemenid (Persian Empire)
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Jewelry

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