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Cylinder Seal with Heroes Surrounded by Hunters and Animals
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Cylinder Seal with Heroes Surrounded by Hunters and Animals


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description After defeating Babylonia in 539 BC, the Achaemenid dynasty considered itself heir to Mesopotamian traditions, including the use of cylinder seals. In a square, four crowned busts of the king or possibly the god Ahura Mazda form a pinwheel. Animal scenes surround the panel: a kneeling archer shooting at a hare, a human-headed bird before an altar, a figure standing on a bull spearing a rearing lion, and two rearing goats entwining their necks.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/28/1970Treatmentcleaned; other
4/01/1983Treatmentcleaned; other
Exhibitions
  • Ancient Persia: The Art of an Empire. University Art Museum, University of Texas at Austin, Austin; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913

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Period
550-330 BC (Achaemenid)
Medium
carved brown and white agate
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.445
Measurements
1 5/8 x 1/2 in. (4.2 x 1.2 cm) (h. x diam.)
Geographies
  • Iran (Place of Origin)

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