Lentoid seal with two lions attacking a stag

Early Aegean, Helladic
Bronze Age, Late Helladic IIA Period
about 1635–1470 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 001 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 24 mm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Mottled, light brown carnelian with white and dark red inclusions. Lentoid seal engraved in intaglio; pierced vertically. Two facing lions standing on back legs bite the throat of a stag, facing left and also standing on back legs. Heads of the lions depicted frontally; their eyebrows are strongly arched, their eyes globular, the nose bones thin with a bulb on the end, the cheeks puffed out, the manes in short interwoven locks, the legs are grooved to display the tendons, the paws are three long ovals. Head of stag is pressed back to the right and twisted upside down under the right lion’s neck; its tongue lolls out. Stag has unnaturally long forelegs that swing out over the left lion’s back. One antler visible. Ground line. Scratched front.


By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (Bought in Athens, 1898, and said to have come from Mycenae according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 1); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 53.26); 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