Ancient Mediterranean

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Seal impression

Cat. No.





Knossos. Northern Quarters/North Entrance Passage


H: 2.3 cm; W: 1.4 cm


baked clay seal impression, probably by lentoid seal

Accession Number

Herakleion Museum 146  


Evans 1904-05: 12-14; 1928: 243-245; 1935: 827; CMS II.8.1, no. 134; Gill 1965: 68, nr. J3; Vanschoonwinkel 1982: 54-55; Wachsmann 1998: 96, fig. 6.23; Wedde 2000: 346, nos. 957

Midship section of a ship's hullshowing the keelline, mast, yard, and two halyards on either side of the mast. Three faint semi-circles hanging from the yard probably represent a furled sail. To the right of the mast, attached to the joining point of the two semi-circles are two very faint lines which pass oblique to the right out of the fragment (halyards or lifts). Between the mast and the gunwale there is a screen, comprised of a horizontal line joined to the gunwale by 11 parallel vertical lines.

Evans, A. J. 1904-1905. “The Palace of Knossos and its Dependencies. Provisional Report for the Year 1905,” BSA 11: 1-26.

―――. 1928. The Palace of Minos. Vol II. London: Macmillan.

―――. 1935. The Palace of Minos. Vol IV. London: Macmillan.

Gill, M. A. V. 1965. “The Knossos Sealings Sealings: Provenance and Identification,” BSA 60: 58-98.

Gill, M.A.V., W. Müller, and I. Pini. 2002. Iraklion Archäologisches Museum: Die Siegelabdrilcke von Knossos. Unter Einbeziehung von Funden aus anderen Museen. CMS II.8. 2 vols. Mainz.

Vanschoonwinkel, J. 1982. “La barque dans le culte et la religion créto-mycéniens,” Revues des Archéologiques et Historiens d’Art de Louvain 15: 20-56.

Wachsmann, S. 1998. Seagoing Ships & Seamanship in the Bronze Age Levant. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press.

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.

  • CMS II.8.1, 134

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  • CMS II.8.1, 134

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