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Cylinder seal

A hunter wearing a Persian cap and a knee-length garment over baggy trousers stabs with a lance a boar which attacks him emerging from a growth of trees or plants.


1936: Purchased by the MFA through Prof. Robert A. Pfeiffer.* (Accession date: April 2, 1936) *40 seals, 36.177-36.216, were purchased as a group for $500. (Accession Date: April 2, 1936)

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian, Achaemenid, 550–331 B.C.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Smoky chalcedony


The Ancient World