Three-sided seal

Early Aegean, Minoan or Modern
Bronze Age, Middle Minoan IB-II Period or Modern
about 1925–1700 B.C. or modern


1.6 x 1.5 cm (5/8 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Yellowish green steatite. Three-sided prism with roughly circular faces; pierced lengthwise. A (largest face): two frontal anthropomorphic figures separated by a vertical line. B: horned quadruped (agrimi or goat) in profile to left. C: two horned quadrupeds (agrimis or goats) to right in axial symmetry with a sphere between their legs and another behind their hindquarters. Carved with a point and a round drill for the spheres and fore- and hindquarters.


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