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    Sale 12239

    Antiquities

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 128

    A MINOAN ROCK CRYSTAL LOOP SIGNET

    MM I-II, CIRCA 2000-1700 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MINOAN ROCK CRYSTAL LOOP SIGNET
    MM I-II, CIRCA 2000-1700 B.C.
    Bell-shaped with a circular base, the loop handle with three grooves over the top, the body with five horizontal grooves, the base engraved with a snarling feline head with long curling tongue set within a circular border, a swirl design in the field
    ½ in. (1.3 cm.) diam.


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    See J. Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings, London, 1970, pl. 29, nos. 6-8 for the form, and no. 10 for a carnelian seal with similarly engraved animal's head with lolling tongue and swirl decoration.

    Provenance

    Colonel Norman Colville, M.C. (1893-1974) collection; and thence by descent to the present owner.