6 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
A MINOAN CARNELIAN AMYGDALLOID
Middle Minoan III-Late Minoan I, 1600-1450 B.C.
Engraved in the "talismanic" style with a quadruped in profile to the right, the eye and flank musculature cut with a tubular drill, standing before a crosshatched architectural element, columnar in form, on a plinth, with a rectangular capital, crosshatched motifs at either end
13/16 in. (2 cm.) long
European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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For Minoan gems in the "talismanic" style see pls. 63-84 in Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings.
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