Lens-shaped seal with bull

Early Aegean, Helladic
Late Helladic I-II Period
about 1690–1390 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 21 mm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.7563

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Jasper mottled red and gray. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (vertical). Bull standing right, head raised and turned to left. Figure 8 shield below belly and between legs of bull. At upper left, above the back of the bull there are two so-called ‘sacred knots’ facing one another. Sacred knots each have two tiers; both tiers are striated. Damaged/chipped at right side in front of bull and back, left side.

Provenance

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