Amygdaloid seal with a bird

Modern
Modern
modern


Dimensions

2 x 1.4 x 0.7 cm (13/16 x 9/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1971.168

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Blue chalcedony (crisscrossed with lighter inclusions in the back). Amygdaloid seal; pierced vertically. Upright bird twisting its head to right with tail splayed at the bottom and legs extending to left. Flanked by hatched designs on both sides. Deep, smooth engraving in a linear style done with a drill. Round drill used for the head. Damaged in the center of the bird’s body.

Provenance

By 1928: Mrs. Beulah H. Emmet Collection (one of a group of gems [MFA 1971.159-.176] acquired on Crete from Mr. Kephalogiannis in 1928, according to M. H. Wiencke, AJA 73 [1969], p. 33); gift of Mrs. Beulah H. Emmet to MFA, April 14, 1971

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Beulah H. Emmet