5 December 2012
A MINOAN CARNELIAN LENTOID
LATE MINOAN II-III, CIRCA 1450-1200 B.C.
Engraved with a lion savaging a bull, the lion attacking from above, its head shown in top view, the bull collapsing and twisting with its head raised, its mouth open with the tongue protruding, its hind legs and tail projecting up behind the lion
11/16 in. (1.7 cm.) diameter
Private Collection, Paris, before 1975.
Private Collection, Paris, 1975; thence by descent.
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For the subject compare the red jasper gem in Geneva with a lion attacking a goat, pl. 86 in Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings.
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