Amygdaloid seal with floral motif

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


1.6 x 1.2 x 0.6 cm (5/8 x 1/2 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Orange, white and black breccia. Amygdaloid seal; pierced horizontally. Composite floral design with a central papyrus-shaped bloom flanked by two half-heart-shaped leaves decorated with two parallel diagonal lines over a groundline. Above the bloom, a reversed crescent. The crescent and rounded parts of the leaves were engraved with a tubular drill. The bottom of the bloom is drilled. Small chip missing at the top.


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