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Ring with engraved oval bezel with heraldic bulls

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Intaglio. Three breaks in ring, at each attachment to bezel and one in the loop. Two kneeling, heraldic bulls facing a central tree, turn their heads back (away from the tree); tails tucked under their hindquarters, and extending up above their backs. Between the rear thigh and the belly of...

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Provenance

By dates unknown: from Mycenae and Evans collection; purchased in Paris by Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 4); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 55.26); 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-III A Period, about 1600–1300 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 004 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Length (of bezel): 27 mm (1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.658

Medium or Technique

Rock crystal

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Rings