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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 392

    A CYPRO-MINOAN HAEMATITE CYLINDER SEAL

    CIRCA 14TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    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.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the current owner in 1967.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


    Literature

    J. Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings, London, 1970, pl. 206.