Stamp seal

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


Dimensions

Overall: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.652

Medium or Technique

Sapphirine chalcedony

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Neo-Babylonian style Achaemenid stamp-seal. Human figure (priest?) standing before altar on which is a recumbent lion-headed horned griffin, probably a symbol of the Underworld god Nergal. Crescent, spade standard of Marduk, and stylus standard of Nabu in field above. B.B. 284.4.

Provenance

By 1925: Edward Perry Warren collection (bought in Paris); October 28, 1925: lent to the MFA by Edward Perry Warren; 1927: purchased by the MFA from Edward Perry Warren.
(Accession Date: November 17, 1927)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912