Amygdaloid seal with a wounded lion

Early Aegean, Minoan or Helladic
Bronze Age, Late Minoan or Helladic IB-IIA Period
About 1625–1470 B.C.


Length: 28 mm (1 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Mottled amethyst. Amygdaloid seal with faceted back engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Recumbent lion in profile to left, turning his head back toward the arrow piercing his shoulder. The mouth is open with the jaw lines accented in curves (lower jaw to back of head), and the mane is represented by bristling short ovals; there is a drilled line under the belly, the tasseled tail is held aloft. Double ground line. Two vertical lines at left. Small chips missing near the string holes.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution