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Case 1: The Greek world 3200–1100 BC: Bronze Age

The Minoans 3000–1450 BC


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Lens-shaped (lentoid) sealstone: Cow and calf

The design on this seal is of a cow suckling her calf; as the calf reaches up to suck, the cow bends round to nuzzle her offspring’s back. The miniature scene is carefully carved and well suited to the convex, circular surface of the stone. The use of seals was widespread in the Bronze Age, to mark either private ownership or official approval.

Production place: Crete or mainland Greece
Date: around  1450–1350 BC
Sapphirine chalcedony
Bequeathed by Shannon, C.H.
Ricketts and Shannon Collection

Object Number: GR.118.1937

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Bone stamp seal with simple zigzag lines

The use of seals was widespread in the Bronze Age, to mark either private ownership or official approval.

Production place: Crete
Date: around  3000–2000 BC
Bone

Object Number: GR.1.2001

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Seal in the shape of a boot

The use of seals was widespread in the Bronze Age, to mark either private ownership or official approval.

Production place: Crete
Date: around  2000–1700 BC
Steatite

Object Number: GR.5.2001

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Seal engraved with a cuttlefish

The use of seals was widespread in the Bronze Age, to mark either private ownership or official approval.

Production place: Crete
Date: around  1800–1700 BC
Yellow Steatite
Given by Hutchinson, R.W.

Object Number: GR.4a.1939

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Seal engraved with the foreparts of two fish

The use of seals was widespread in the Bronze Age, to mark either private ownership or official approval.

Production place: Crete
Date: around  1600–1500 BC
Jasper

Object Number: GR.66.1901

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