Amygdaloid seal with recumbent lions

Early Aegean, Minoan
Bronze Age, Late Minoan IIIA Period
about 1420–1315 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 3.15 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

68.702

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Red carnelian with dark inclusions. Amygdaloid seal with a faceted back; pierced lengthwise. Two recumbent lions to left, turning their head back. Schematic bunches of vegetation on each side. The manes are represented with grooves radiating from the drilled eyes. A tubular drill was used for eyes and snouts. Small chips missing near the string holes.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., November 13, 1968

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund