Lentoid seal with a lion attacking a bull

Early Aegean, Helladic or Modern
Bronze Age, Late Helladic II Period or Modern
about 1635–1410 B.C. or modern


Length: 25 mm (1 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



Mottled, tan to dark red carnelian. Lentoid seal engraved in intaglio; pierced vertically. Lion attacking a bull, in profile to right and in a belly-to-belly position. The lion’s head is frontal with angled forelegs splayed out, and has long, thin claws. Bull, lying dead on its back, with its tongue protruding. Lion biting at the dead animal’s shoulder. Most of lion is lost. Lower third chipped and broken off.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA, January 2, 1913

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Gift of Edward Perry Warren