6 July 2016
A MINOAN ROCK CRYSTAL SHIELD AMULET AND A MINOAN CARNELIAN AMYGDALIOD
MMI-LMI, CIRCA 2200-1450 B.C.
The amulet in the form of a figure-of-eight shield, flattened on one side; the amygdaloid engraved on one side with a talismanic pattern of circles and rays, both drilled for suspension
Shield amulet: ¾ in. (2 cm.) long; amygdaloid: ½ in. (1.2 cm) long
Colonel Norman Colville, M.C. (1893-1974) collection; and thence by descent to the present owner.
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Cf. a rock crystal bead in the form of a figure-of-eight shield at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 26.31.404, and see J. Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings, London, 1970, pl. 80 for a similarly engraved amygdaloid.
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