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.
- 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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