Minoan intaglio, very rare!
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pre AD 1000: item # 1187614
Please refer to our stock # #90 when inquiring.
J. Bagot, ancient art
Consell de cent 278 Bajos 1
08007 Barcelona, Spain
|Greece. Crete Minoan Culture. Middle Minoan III to Late Minoan I era. Circa 1700-1450 B.C. Rock Crystal (quartz) 19x18 mm Slight wear and crack in the stone Circular gem with a central perforation typical of the era, depicting an antelope. Before the proliferation of written texts, seals were used to denote property. While the first seals may have been made from organic materials which have not survived, the first known examples were made from clay. Later, in the Early Minoan era, materials which could be easily engraved were used. These materials included ivory, bone, shell and soft stones such as serpentine and soapstone. Harder stones such as rock crystal, haematites, jaspers, agates and chalcedonies were engraved and carved in the Middle and Late Minoan eras. The dating of these seals corresponds to that of the palaces which were cultural centres in Crete. The peak of engraving in Minoan jewels occurred during the era of palaces, approximately between 1600 and 1450 B.C., at a time when agates were being engraved with figurative subjects and, particularly animals. It’s published in “HEPHAESTUS LEGACY. A memorial to a private collection of ancient rings and glyptics”. Number 90|