Lentoid seal with a lion scratching his head
Early Aegean, Helladic
Bronze Age, Late Helladic II Period
about 1680–1390 B.C.
Length: 23 mm (7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Banded, white and grey agate. Lentoid seal engraved in intaglio; pierced vertically. Lion in profile to left twisting his forequarter back to scratch his head with his right hind paw. Bristly mane. Round drill used for paws, joints, eyes and muzzle. A tubular drill outlined the eyes. A line indicates leg tendons and nasal ridge. Small chips missing near the string holes.
By 1892: in an anonymous collection (according to MFA records: said to have been found at Sparta); anonymous gift to MFA, September 1892.