Round gem with lion
Near Eastern, Persian, Sasanian
5th–6th century A.D.
Findspot: Egypt, Tell Dafana
Length x width: 8 x 7 mm (5/16 x 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Intaglio. Motif carved on convex side of stone. A lion springing to the left. Lion rendered in a linear style; mane indicated by a series of straight lines extending out from the center of the lion’s head. No face is visible except for a beak-like snout. Tail of the lion sticks straight up. Bottom half of stone missing.
Tell Dafana (Daphnae). 1886: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 1, 1887.
Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription