Ring and oval bezel with two symmetrical bulls flanking a tree

Early Aegean, Helladic
Bronze Age, Late Helladic IIB-IIIA Period
about 1600–1300 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 004 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length (of bezel): 27 mm (1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rock crystal

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Rock crystal. Ring and convex, oval bezel engraved in intaglio. Two symmetrical, kneeling bulls facing a central tree turn their heads back (away from the tree); tails tucked under their hindquarters, and extending up above their backs. Behind each bull at the middle of each back, a tri-lobed plant on a bending stem. The central tree grows from a ball with splayed leaves and flower at the top into three fleshy leaves or petals above a splayed leaf sheath. Double ground line. Profile and muzzle of the bulls outlined. Round drill used for hooves and eyes. Three breaks in ring, at each attachment to bezel and one in the loop. The hoop might be modern.


By dates unknown: from Mycenae and Evans collection; purchased in Paris by Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 4); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 55.26); 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