Round gem with lion

Near Eastern, Persian, Sasanian
5th–6th century A.D.

Findspot: Egypt, Tell Dafana


Length x width: 8 x 7 mm (5/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Intaglio. Motif carved on convex side of stone. A lion springing to the left. Lion rendered in a linear style; mane indicated by a series of straight lines extending out from the center of the lion’s head. No face is visible except for a beak-like snout. Tail of the lion sticks straight up. Bottom half of stone missing.


Tell Dafana (Daphnae). 1886: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 1, 1887.

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription