Hexagonal seal with a bull

Modern
Modern
modern


Dimensions

2 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm (13/16 x 9/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1971.174

Medium or Technique

Burnt carnelian

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Burnt carnelian six-sided barrel seal with convex faces, pierced lengthwise. Bull in profile running to right over a partial groundline. The forelegs are raised off the ground and the head is tilted back as if the bull is lowing. The tail is raised up in an inverted s shape. Genitalia are prominent. Milky surface layer.

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