Four-sided pyramidal seal

Early Aegean, Minoan
Bronze Age, Early Minoan III-Middle Minoan I Period
about 2200–1850 B.C.


1.7 x 1.4 x 3.1 cm (11/16 x 9/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Dark green serpentine. Four-sided pyramidal seal with a rectangular, flat base and a truncated top; pierced through the short sides and top. Herringbone pattern on three rows inside a rectangle on the base. Short notches outside the long sides of the rectangle. A groove on the lower edge of the pyramid’s sides. Carved with a point.


By 1928: Mrs. Beulah H. Emmet Collection (one of a group of gems [MFA 1971.159-1971.176] 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