Lentoid seal with two quadrupeds

Early Aegean, Minoan or Helladic
Bronze Age, Late Minoan or Helladic IIIA-B Period
about 1420–1190 B.C.


1.6 x 1.6 x 0.6 cm (5/8 x 5/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Grey and white chalcedony. Lentoid seal; pierced vertically. Two regardant quadrupeds (deers or agrimis) in profile running to left. The quadruped in the background is represented as a protome rising from the back of the animal in the foreground. Plain style with drilled eyes, muzzles and joints. A line extends from the ears to the tip of the nose, underlining profiles. A chip, filled with a yellowing resin, is missing at the bottom.


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