Pyramidal seal with facing goat-sphinxes

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


Dimensions

Length: 19 mm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number

13.231

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing but perforation does not go all the way through. Motif oriented horizontally. Two sphinxes with beards, ibex horns, lion body, wings and short manes, sit facing one another. Each animal has one front paw raised and touching the other.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912