Lentoid seal with a double ax

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


0.5 cm (3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Burnt carnelian

Not On View


The Ancient World



Burnt reddish orange carnelian. Lentoid seal; pierced vertically. Schematic double ax with two diagonal lines on each blade. Two parallel lines above and below the handle. Milky layer on the front and cracked, brown edges.


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