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Amygdaloid engraved seal

Unknownabout 1700 B.C. - 1450 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Amygdaloid seal engraved with the image of an octopus, with four of its eight legs readily discernible and complete with suckers. The octopus appears to be floating in the water.

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  • Title: Amygdaloid engraved seal
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: about 1700 B.C. - 1450 B.C.
  • Location Created: Crete, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 2.6 x 2.1 x 1.1 cm (1 x 13/16 x 7/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Amethyst
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Gem
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 2001.14.3
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 217, Neolithic and Bronze Age Arts
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (Minoan)
  • Classification: Jewelry


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