Lentoid seal with a bull-man

Early Aegean, Minoan
Bronze Age, Late Minoan II-IIIA Period
about 1470–1315 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 18 mm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

68.544

Medium or Technique

Hematite

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Hematite. Lentoid seal; pierced vertically. Bull-man somersaulting to right. The creature presents the legs of a man clad in a kilt indicated with parallel lines and a recurving torso and head of a bull in profile. The spine, shoulder and chest of the bull are accentuated with a line. The forelegs are indicated with two parallel lines ending in conical, drilled hooves. Three drilled holes represent the eye, muzzle and cheek.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Euripides Sepheriades; purchased by MFA from Euripides Sepheriades, September 11, 1968

Credit Line

John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund