Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Assyrian
Neo-Assyrian
883–612 B.C.


Object Place: Assyria

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: .36 x .14 mm.

Accession Number

36.215

Medium or Technique

Smoky chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Neo-Assyrian Cut Style. A winged sphinx stands before a large vessel from which emerges a plant and a long staff supporting a seven pointed star. Behind the sphinx stands a bird-headed griffin with head turned backward. In the field above the sphinx is a crescent, below the sphinx a curved line above a globe, behind the other monster a rhomb.

Provenance

1936: Purchased by the MFA through Prof. Robert A. Pfeiffer.*
(Accession date: April 2, 1936)

*40 seals, 36.177-36.216, were purchased as a group for $500.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund