Description Mass-produced seals made of soft, ceramic-like materials that could be glazed in bright colors were introduced during the Mitannian period. These seals have less complex compositions, emphasizing repetitive patterns. This one shows facing males holding a stylized tree. To the side, winged griffins appear above reclining horned animals. The griffins, mythical creatures portrayed in the art of Greece, the Levant, and Egypt, reflect the international environment of the Near East during this period.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by inheritance; Joseph Brummer, Paris and New York, 1941, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1942
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