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Lens-shaped seal with lion attacking bull

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (vertical). Lion attacking a bull. Both animals are rearing up on back legs and facing one another, forming a closed circular composition. The lion's head is concealed by the bull's head. The lion's mane is edged by a shawl-like ridge that curls above the...

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By date unknown: Professor R. D. Norton collection; purchased by Edward Perry Warren from Professor R. D. Norton in 1900 (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 2); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 54.26); 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

Early Aegean, Helladic, Late Helladic II Period, about 1600–1390 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 002 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 24 mm (15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World