Flattened cylinder seal with a cow suckling a calf

Early Aegean, Minoan
Bronze Age, Late Minoan II-IIIA1 Period
about 1470–1370 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 005 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 20 mm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Banded, white and tan agate. Flattened cylinder seal engraved in intaglio; pierced lengthwise. Cow in profile to right, twisting her forepart back to nuzzle her suckling calf in profile to left. Some modeling. A line outlines the rump. Round drill used for joints, eyes, muzzles and hooves. Small chip missing in the back.


By dates unknown: from Crete, in the possession of the schoolmaster at Chersonesos in Crete; Evans collection; purchased in Paris by Edward Perry Warren in 1911 (provenance according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 5); April 5, 1926: loaned by Edward Perry Warren to MFA (as 78.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912