Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian
Achaemenid
550–331 B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 2 x 10 cm (13/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.1431

Medium or Technique

Jasper

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Doubtful piece in Achaemenid style. At right bearded worshipper with Persian cap holding lotus in one hand in front of stepped altar supported by lion-demon standard (symbol of Mesopotamian Underworld god Nergal). At left, on other side of altar, bearded winged sphinx with horned headdress, eagle’s talons, and scorpion tail.

Provenance

By 1965: with Mrs. Oric Bates, Mrs. F. Carrington Weems, Mrs. Horace L. Mayer. 1965 given to the MFA by Mrs. Bates, Mrs. Weems, Mrs. Mayer, 10 November 1965.
(Accession date: November 10, 1965)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Oric Bates, Mrs. F. Carrington Weems and Horace L. Mayer, plus restricted funds, (William Francis Warden Fund)