Lentoid seal with a lion attacking a bull

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 002 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 24 mm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Mottled, red carnelian. Lentoid seal engraved in intaglio; pierced vertically. Lion attacking a bull, both on back legs and facing one another. The lion’s head is concealed by the bull’s head. The lion’s mane is edged by a shawl-like ridge that curls above the shoulder muscles. Both lion and bull have their tails between their legs, the lion’s tail ending in a knob, the bull’s in a lance-head finial. Surface of seal is cloudy and scratched.


By date unknown: Professor R. D. Norton collection; purchased by Edward Perry Warren from Professor R. D. Norton in 1900 (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 2); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 54.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912