Scaraboid seal with seated woman

Greek, East Greek
Achaemenid Period (late Archaic or Classical)
550–331 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 25 mm (1 in.)

Accession Number

03.1013

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing (horizontal). Carved on both sides. Side A: woman seated on a bench facing left, wearing a long dress and headdress plays a small, triangular harp (trigonon) with four strings. In front of her is a small dog. Side B: woman seated on a bench in a similar costume, has a bird perched on her left hand. In front of her is a dwarf dressed in Persian clothing.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900