Almond-shaped sealstone with jug and branches

Early Aegean, Minoan
Bronze Age, Middle Minoan III-Late Minoan I Period
about 1750–1460 B.C.


Length x width x depth: 2.2 x 1.7 x 0.9 cm (7/8 x 11/16 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Dark green jasper. Amygdaloid seal; pierced horizontally. Footed ewer with s-shaped handle on a groundline. At left, upright branch and blade-shaped vegetal motif. At right, upright branch. Above the handle, reversed branch. Two zigzagging parallel lines in the exergue. Linear style with tubular drill used for the ewer’s belly, and top and bottom curves of the handle. Two small chips are missing in the back near the stringhole.


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