6 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 79,000
Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000
A CYPRO-MINOAN HAEMATITE CYLINDER SEAL
CIRCA 14TH CENTURY B.C.
The slightly convex sides engraved with a central scene of two facing genii holding jugs with a bull's head in between, two lions and a goats head below, a winged disk and Cypro-Minoan characters above, two crossed lions in the upper right, and a secondary scene with a bull-headed human in a long dress holding a sickle in one hand and an inverted lion by its hind leg in the other, and a woman in a long dress holding a goat in one upturned hand, the lion's tail in the other, between them the head of a horned deity and a Cypro-Minoan character, at their feet the bust of a lion, behind the woman a small figure with the head of a human and legs and tail of a lion
1 in. (2.78 cm.) long
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Boardman (Greek Gems and Finger Rings, p. 64) notes that this seal is an amalgam of Eastern (the horned deity, winged solar disk, and bull-man), Cypriot (the four-character inscription) and Aegean (the Minoan genius with his jug) motifs, which was characteristic of the Cypro-Minoan style.
Acquired by the current owner in 1967.
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
J. Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings, London, 1970, pl. 206.
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