Amygdaloid seal with a bull’s head and double ax

Early Aegean, Minoan
Bronze Age, Middle Minoan III-Late Minoan I Period
about 1750-1460 B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width x thckns.: 2 x 1.5 x .65 cm (13/16 x 9/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

65.874

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Pink to dark brownish red carnelian. Amygdaloid seal; pierced vertically. Frontal bull’s head flanked by two three-pronged bunches of grass above a groundline. Above, double ax decorated with a diagonal groove on each wings. Schematic, linear style using tubular drill for bull’s forehead and muzzle. Chipped near the stringholes.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Tassos Zoumboulakis, Geneva, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Tassos Zoumboulakis, June 9, 1965

Credit Line

John Michael Rodocanachi Fund