Agora Object: J 5
Inventory Number:   J 5
Section Number:   Η 303
Title:   Gold Seal Ring
ΤΙΤΛΟΣ:   Χρυσό σφραγιστικό δακτυλίδι με παράσταση Μινώταυρου (;) που οδηγεί δύο αιχμάλωτες 1400 – 1375 π.Χ.
Category:   Jewelry & Gems
Description:   The man strides right; behind him are the two female figures in flounced skirts; the man holds a spear or branch; from his waist two lines extend to the first woman.
Small symbols in the field to the left and above. According to Dr. Karo "the I-like symbol or pillar to the left is an altar, or simplified "Kultgebaüde". The symbol above, is perhaps a soul. Not much can be said about the head of the man (which appears hardly human) because of the sketchiness of the drawing".
The hoop, flat in section, is turned out slightly at either edge.
Light gold, very thin.
The scene is to be compared with scenes in Evans' "Tree and Pillar Cult", of a man shaking a tree while women look on. The style is to be compared with that of the Tiryns seal with a boat and personages, (a man and a woman).
ΠΕΡΙΓΡΑΦΗ:   Χρυσούς σφραγιδοφόρος δακτύλιος, με ανθρωπόμορφη σχηματοποιημένη παράσταση.
Notes:   Dr. Karo commented that this ring is a very important example of degenerate and late workmanship, the latest we have.
Conservation Status:   Finished
Context:   Disturbed grave.
See also the beads J 6 and 7 and P 1977 ff.
Negatives:   Leica, color slide, 3-200, 4-352, 4-352 bis
PD Number:   PD 1200-27, Ptg. 235, Ptg. 236, Ptg. 237
Dimensions:   L. (bezel) 0.019; W. (bezel) 0.013; Diam. (hoop) 0.016
Material:   Gold
Date:   10 May 1933
Section:   Η
Grid:   Η:13/ΙΖ
Elevation:   53.85m.
Masl:   53.85m.
Deposit:   J 8:4
Period:   Mycenaean
Bibliography:   Langenbucher (2007), p. 76, figs. 81A, B, C.
    Sargnon (1987), p. 113, pl. X, no. 336.
    Camp (1986), p. 68.
    Guide (1976), p. 220.
    Guide (1962), p. 144.
    Webster (1958), p. 48, fig. 11.
    Hesperia 4 (1935), pp. 319-320, fig. 7.
    AJA 37 (1933), p. 540, fig. 1, no. 4.
    Art and Archaeology 34 (November-December 1933), p. 284.
    ILN (26 August 1933), p. 328.
    Agora XIII, p. 192, pl. 41, no. VIII 6.
    Agora XIV, p. 6, pl. 17 c.
References:   Publication: Agora XIII
Publication: Agora XIV
Publication: Hesperia 4 (1935)
Publication Pages (6)
Drawing: DA 10637
Drawing: DA 13020
Drawing: DA 13021
Images (12)
Deposit: J 8:4
Notebook: Η-4
Notebook Page: Η-4-64 (pp. 696-697)
Notebook Page: Η-4-71 (pp. 710-711)
Notebook Page: Η-4-73 (pp. 714-715)
Card: J 5
Card: J 5