Cylinder seal with battle scenes

Greek, East Greek
Early Hellenistic Period
323–250 B.C.


Overall: 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.)

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Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



Sard. Pierced cylinder seal engraved in intaglio lengthwise. Upper register: six infantry soldiers with pointy helmets, Galatian shields, and spears over partial groundline urged by a commander at center toward a group of four cavalry men fleeing to left. Inscription in Aramaic above the commander. Lower register: two captured horses held by a soldier at right, and commander chasing two other horses, one of them riderless, galloping to left. Aramaic inscription above captured horses. Chipped at both ends.


By date unknown: Edward Jackson Holmes Collection; loaned to MFA by Edward Jackson Holmes, April 18, 1930 (as 114.30); gift of Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA, December 11, 1941

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Gift of Edward Jackson Holmes