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Lens-shaped seal with lioness attacking a bull

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Stone is reddish-brown with darker brown and black flecks. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (vertical). A lioness eats a bull, in the belly-to-belly position with head facing. The lioness, in profile with a frontal head, a long mane curved like a fan, a short-haired ruff below the shoulder, and...

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Provenance

By 1904: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 3: sent from Athens in 1904); November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Early Aegean, Helladic, Late Helladic II-III A Period, about 1600–1300 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 003 (1920; 2002, additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 154.

Dimensions

Length: 32 mm (1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

23.576

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals