Later Archaic Greek gems: narrative scenes

A few scarabs of the mid-6th century attempt narrative scenes with several figures. For the most part single-figure subjects are preferred, unlike the practice on many eastern seals.

Gem image

Plasma scarab from Falerii (Etruria). Herakles wrestles with the river god Acheloos, who has a serpent tail, grasping his horn. A dolphin behind, indicating the watery setting.

Berlin F 136; AGDS II, no. *. 19mm. AGGems no. 74.

Gem image

Plasma scarab. Herakles receives the submission of Acheloos, and his prize, his bride Deianeira. An unusual cable border.

London, Walters, no. 489. 18mm. AGGems no. 75.