Almond-shaped seal with ship

Early Aegean, Minoan
Middle Minoan III-Late Minoan I Period
1800–1430 B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width: 25 x 16 mm (1 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

63.482

Medium or Technique

Steatite

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Green steatite. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Motif oriented horizontally. Crescent-shaped ship, with central mast and unfurled sail with cross-hatched pattern. Six ropes or halyards, three on each side of mast, hanging off sail. The prow is curved high, and there is a rudder at right end (stern) of ship. Water below ship represented by overlapping cross-hatches.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Euripides Sepheriades; purchased by MFA from Euripides Sepheriades, May 8, 1963

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour