Almond-shaped seal with lion

Early Aegean, Minoan
Late Minoan I Period
about 1700–1430 B.C.


Length x width: 25 x 15 mm (1 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Back of seal is faceted. Motif oriented horizontally. A lion, facing left, turns head back to the right. The lion is cut in a scratchy simple style, with mane strokes running down under the chin but diagonal on the back of the neck; only three legs are indicated, all terminating in three straight claws. The eye and the nostril are marked by deep drill holes. A three-branch plant or missile is in the lion’s lower back, another like it lies in front of him.


By date unknown: with Euripides Sepheriades; purchased by MFA from Euripides Sepheriades, May 8, 1963

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour