Scaraboid with High Domed Back and Gold Collar (3/91)


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Unbearded hero in a short tunic fighting a lion; he holds the lion's head with his left hand and a sword in his right; star and disc in crescent above; thick groundline.

The gold collar has eight S-shaped filigree spirals, rows of granulation, and pyramidal clusters of granulation around the rims of the string holes. The gold work is worn.


  • Title: Scaraboid with High Domed Back and Gold Collar (3/91)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 6th century B.C.
  • Physical Dimensions: 2.2 × 1.7 × 1.2 cm (7/8 × 11/16 × 7/16 in.)
  • Type: Gem
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Scaraboid: mottled white/gray/orange agate; collar: gold
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.AN.437.7
  • Culture: Near Eastern (Syro-Phoenician?)
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California, Gift of Damon Mezzacappa and Jonathan H. Kagan
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown
  • Classification: Jewelry

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