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Lens-shaped seal with two lions biting a stag

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Stone is golden with some small flecks of brown. Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (vertical). Two facing lions standing on back legs bite the throat of a stag, facing left and also standing on back legs. Heads of the lions depicted frontal; their eyebrows are strongly arched, their eyes globular,...

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Provenance

By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (Bought in Athens, 1898, and said to have come from Mycenae according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 1); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 53.26); 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 I-II Period, about 1700–1390 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 001 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 24 mm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.655

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals