An etruscan carnelian scarab. Sphinx.
10 x 15 x 7 mm
The winged creature is facing left. Dotted frame around the figure and on the lateral edge of the bezel. Use of globular elements. Clearance hole. Attractive stone color. Slight signs of wear and small burn marks on the side of the bezel. For stylistic comparisons: J. Spier, Ancient gems and finger rings. The Paul Getty Museum, p. 74 n. 78; G. M. Richter, Catalog of engraved gems. Greek, Etruscan and Roman, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, plate XXX-XXXII; U. Pannuti, The glyptic collection, National Archaeological Museum of Naples, vol. 2, pp. 36 et seq .; J. Boardman, Intaglios and Rings, Greek, Etruscan and Eastern from a private collection, n. 185 ss.
4th - 3rd century BC.