Middle Minoan III, circa 1700 BC. 2.0 cm (13/16 in).
Outstanding and very rare amethyst seal engraved on one side with a mythological creature featuring rams legs, wings and a fish tail hovering over spiny cactus plants. The other side is engraved with a linear pattern of horizontal and vertical lines forming a checkered rectangle that may represent a monogram of sorts.
The seal was drilled for suspension in ancient times. The side with the monogram shows a little rub wear from use. One of the two ends is a little rough around the drill hole. Otherwise this wonderful and rare piece is intact and in Excellent condition. North American collection of a Mister B.
I bought this in 2006 from a London ancient art dealer. FYI the last pic shows an Ancient Greek amethyst necklace that is not part of this listing (only for color comparison). Check it out for 30 days. The item "Ancient Minoan Amethyst Amigdaloid Seal Mythological Creature" is in sale since Monday, December 14, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antiquities\Roman".The seller is "randall3563" and is located in Auburn, California. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.