Lentoid seal with a bull-man

Early Aegean, Minoan
Bronze Age, Late Minoan II-IIIA Period
about 1470–1315 B.C.


Diameter: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Burnt carnelian

Not On View


The Ancient World



Burnt carnelian. Lentoid seal; pierced horizontally. Bull-man somersaulting to right. The creature presents the legs of a man with a double-belted waist and recurving torso and head of a bull in profile. The shoulder blade is clearly delineated. The forelegs are indicated with two parallel lines ending with conical, drilled hooves. Three drilled holes represent the eye, muzzle and cheek. Small chip missing on the right side and large chip in the back.


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