A Minoan blue chalcedony gem with lion and antelope
Lot 192
A Minoan banded blue chalcedony cushion-shaped seal
£50,000 - 80,000
US$ 84,000 - 130,000
Auction Details
A Minoan banded blue chalcedony cushion-shaped seal A Minoan banded blue chalcedony cushion-shaped seal
Lot Details
A Minoan banded blue chalcedony cushion-shaped seal
Late Minoan II-III, circa 1500-1200 B.C.
Of a lion rearing upwards on its hind legs, sinking its jaws into the throat of an antelope, its neck twisted back, the seal of oval cross-section, drilled horizontally, 19mm wide

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    European private collection formed in the 1950s.

    Literature:
    For similar subject matter, cf. J. Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings, Early Bronze Age to Late Classical, London, 1970, figs. 86, 142, 169 and 178.
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