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Sealing of ship with deity

Cat. No.





Pylos, Palace of Nestor


L: 2.47 cm; H: 1.21; thickness: 0.83 (sealing)


Clay sealing of reddish-yellow clay. Two almost completely extant impressions of a metal ring

Accession Number

Athens National Archaeological Museum 10139


Wedde 2000: 339, no. 906; Younger 1988: 124

Crescentic hull. The lower edge of the hull and the right post are missing.

The ship carries three seated figures facing left. Between the first and the second figure - roughly in the middle of the image - are the legs of figure depicted on a larger-scale, suggesting a deity.

Wedde, M. 2000. Towards a Hermeneutics of Aegean Bronze Age Ship Imagery. Peleus Studien zur Archäologie und Geschichte Griechenlands und Zyperns, vol. 6. Bibliopolis: Mannheim and Möhnsee.

Younger, J. G. 1988. The Iconography of Late Minoan and Mycenaean Sealstones and Finger Rings. Bristol: Bristol Classical Press.

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