Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian
Overall: 3.7 x 2 cm (1 7/16 x 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
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.
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.
Archibald Cary Coolidge Fund