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Cylinder Seal
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Cylinder Seal


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Description Although the Achaemenids used stamp seals for private documents, cylinder seals continued to be used for official royal business. This seal depicts the king fighting a lion-griffin in two scenes. First, he engages in close combat with the lion-griffin. Second, the king, standing on a reclining sphinx, aims his bow at the mythical beast, also standing on a sphinx. Between them is the benign god Ahura Mazda in an oval cartouche, with a winged disk above.
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 Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, Joseph Brummer, New York, 1941; Walters Art Museum, 1941, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1941

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Creator
Period
550-330 BC (Achaemenid)
Medium
chalcedony
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.775
Measurements
H: 1 1/8 x Diam: 9/16 in. (2.8 x 1.4 cm)
Geographies
  • Iran (Place of Origin)

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