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.
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.
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.