Lentoid seal with a winged man and a stag

Early Aegean, Minoan
Bronze Age, Late Minoan IIIA Period
about 1420–1315 B.C.


1.9 x 1.8 x 0.8 cm (3/4 x 11/16 x 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Hematite lentoid seal, pierced vertically. A winged man in profile to left under (carrying?) a contorted stag with his head and hind legs drooping downward. The man’s head is barely visible over the stag’s torso. Behind the man, a hatched design (shrine?). In front, a branch. A pair of small hind legs above the stag’s hindquarters and a head by its neck ( hunting scene?). Fine carving with round drill used for joints, muzzles and eyes. Severely damaged around the edges and abraded.


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