Cylinder seal

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


Dimensions

Overall: 3.7 x 2 cm (1 7/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

34.1447

Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

A bearded hero or demon wearing a long decorated mantle holds a winged, horned lion griffin by its throat and menaces it with a sickle sword. A second, much more crudely incised group shows a king wearing large baggy trousers and the cydaris holding a small quadruped. He holds in one hand a small sword or dagger and wears a quiver.

Provenance

By 1934: R. S. Cooke Collection, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England; 1934: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Cooke.*
(Accession date: December 6, 1934)

*Seventeen seals, numbered 34.1440-34.1456 were purchased as a group for $6000.

Credit Line

Archibald Cary Coolidge Fund