late helladic


Mycenaean Carnelian Amygdaloid, Late Helladic III, C. 1375-1250 BC

Engraved with two adorsed heraldic griffins, each standing with its crested and beaked head turned back, the forelegs extended, the hind legs bent, with raised sickle-shaped wings, the tail upraised and coiled into a spiral, a drilled knob for the tassel, a trilobate plant below each monster, another above in between them; the reverse ornamented with three shallow grooves along its length.