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Amygdaloid seal with ivy leaf and ewer

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Reddish-orange carnelian. Intaglio. Slightly convex front and back surfaces. A large, heart-shaped ivy leaf fills the right half of the composition on this almond-shaped, or amygdaloid, seal. Delicate diagonal hatch marks cover the leaf and a thicker vertical vein runs down its middle. To the...

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By 1966, with Ars Antiqua AG, Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland (Ars Antiqua catalogue, June 1966, no. 105, said to be from Crete); purchased by MFA from Ars Antiqua AG, October 11, 1966

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund

Early Aegean, Minoan, Bronze Age, Middle Minoan III - Late Minoan IA, 1650—1500 B.C.


Length x width x thckns: 2.1 x 1.5 x .6 cm (13/16 x 9/16 x 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World