Pyramidal seal with "mistress of animals"

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


Length: 25 mm (1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Intaglio. Motif is horizontal. Significant wear around edges of base. On base “Mistress of animals” with head and lower body in profile to right; torso is frontal. She is clutching two griffins by the throat. Each griffin has one leg on the ground and one leg up against the skirt of the central figure. At far right there is a 6-point star formed by an X with a vertical line through the axis; at far left an arc device.
On one of the long faces of the pyramid, bearded male figure, wearing long robes in profile to the left, holding hands up in pose of adoration. Eight-pointed star above, at left. On the other, a cock facing left, standing on a base.


By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Athens 1899.); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for
$ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund