Lentoid seal

Early Aegean, Minoan or Modern
Bronze Age, Late Minoan I Period or Modern
2100–1850 B.C. or modern


1.5 x 1.4 x 0.7 cm (9/16 x 9/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Red and white sardonyx

Not On View


The Ancient World



White with thin reddish orange bands sardonyx. Lentoid seal; pierced horizontally. Bird (waterfowl?) in profile to left between a s-shaped motif at left and a bucranium at right. Schematic style with a round drill used for eyes, muzzle, heads and bird’s body and a tubular drill for the s curves.


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