Pyramidal seal with standing man and woman

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


Length: 17 mm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Intaglio. Pierced for stringing; perforations do not go all the way through the seal. Motif oriented vertically. At left a female figure holding a flower in her left hand and facing a male figure, whose arms are extending towards her. The female figure is wearing a long robe, with diagonal striations on the top half and horizontal striations on the bottom. Her hair is rendered by a series of dots, and is tied back and hangs down her neck. The male figure is wearing a traditional Median knee-length tunic, with decoration down the central vertical axis and belted at waist. He also wears a headdress. They stand on a double ground line with hatching. Between them is a linear device in the shape of an X with curved arms and legs.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Smyrna.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution