Flattened cylinder seal with a bull trampling a man

Early Aegean, Helladic
Bronze Age, Late Minoan or Helladic IIB-IIIA Period
about 1480–1315 B.C.


Length: 19 mm (3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Banded, white and tan agate. Flattened cylinder seal engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Bull leaping to the left, head turned back and looking down, with its mouth open and tongue protruding. A male figure to left lies below the animal’s belly. He has an elongated and lean physique, with flat feet and thin arms, and wears a rounded belt and perhaps a protective cap above his long almond eye. Perhaps a taurokathapsia or bull leaping scene.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens, found at Mycenae.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution