Lentoid seal with a bull scratching his head

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


Dimensions

Length: 24 mm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number

68.543

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Dark sard. Lentoid seal; pierced lengthwise. Bull to right twisting his head back to scratch it with his raised right hind foot. A Boeotian shield in front of his abdomen. A “sacred knot” in the field below. Missing chips and scratches on the front. White accretions on the back.

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