• Ancient Jewelry  auction at Christies

    Sale 2233

    Ancient Jewelry

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 301

    A MINOAN VEINED QUARTZ LOOP SIGNET

    MM II-III, CIRCA 1700-1550 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MINOAN VEINED QUARTZ LOOP SIGNET
    MM II-III, CIRCA 1700-1550 B.C.
    Bell-shaped with a circular base, the loop handle with two grooves over the top and two horizontal grooves above the string hole, a single groove around the sides of the base; engraved with a frontal cat head, an X-formation above
    3/8 in. (.9 cm.) high


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    For the motif compare no. 143b in Krzyszkowska, Aegean Seals, An Introduction.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1972.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION


    Literature

    J.H. Betts, Corpus der Minoischen und Mykenischen Siegel, X, Die schweizer Sammlungen, Berlin, 1980, no. 280.