11 December 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 11,875
Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000
A MINOAN CARNELIAN AMYGDALOID
MM III-LM I, CIRCA 1700-1450 B.C.
Engraved in the 'talismanic' style with a cuttlefish, semicircles above, triple lines below and to one side, double lines to the other
13/16 in. (2 cm.) wide
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Molly Morse Limmer
For two similar 'talismanic' cuttlefish see pl. 71 and 75 in Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings.
Acquired prior to 1972.
PROPERTY FROM A SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION
J.H. Betts, Corpus der Minoischen und Mykenischen Siegel, X, Die schweizer Sammlungen, Berlin, 1980, no. 282.
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