Pyramidal seal with sphinx

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


Dimensions

Height x length (of face): 24 x 17 mm (15/16 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.1012

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing but perforation does not go all the way through. Motif oriented horizontally. Sphinx with human head, torso, arms and lion’s paws pursues a lion towards the right. He draws his bow at the lion while running over the body of a dead antelope. Human head is bearded and wears a vertically-tufted tiara, Scene is situated on a ground line.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Smyrna); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24,1903

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900