6 July 2016
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.
Colonel Norman Colville, M.C. (1893-1974) collection; and thence by descent to the present owner.
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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.
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