• Ancient Jewelry  auction at Christies

    Sale 2233

    Ancient Jewelry

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 323

    A MINOAN/MYCENAEAN GREEN STEATITE LENTOID

    LM/LH II-III, CIRCA 1450-1200 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MINOAN/MYCENAEAN GREEN STEATITE LENTOID
    LM/LH II-III, CIRCA 1450-1200 B.C.
    Engraved with a crouching lion, the head and mane of a second lion behind
    11/16 in. (1.7 cm.) wide


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    For the motif see the haematite amygdaloid from central Crete, now in Oxford, pl. 121 in Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings.

    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. 304.