Cylinder seal with battle scenes

Greek, East Greek
Early Hellenistic Period
323–250 B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

41.910

Medium or Technique

Sard?

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Sard. Pierced cylinder seal engraved in intaglio lengthwise. Upper register: six infantry soldiers with pointy helmets, Galatian shields, and spears over partial groundline urged by a commander at center toward a group of four cavalry men fleeing to left. Inscription in Aramaic above the commander. Lower register: two captured horses held by a soldier at right, and commander chasing two other horses, one of them riderless, galloping to left. Aramaic inscription above captured horses. Chipped at both ends.

Provenance

By date unknown: Edward Jackson Holmes Collection; loaned to MFA by Edward Jackson Holmes, April 18, 1930 (as 114.30); gift of Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA, December 11, 1941

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Jackson Holmes