Pyramidal seal with Medusa and Herakles

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


Dimensions

Length x width: 25 x 20 mm (1 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

95.80

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing. Medusa, winged, walking toward right holding a lion by the tail in each hand. Walking toward her, Herakles holds a lion in his right hand and a club in his left.

Provenance

By 1893: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought at Sotheby's, 17th May 1893, lot 85); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund