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Oval gem with winged male figure holding idol

Yellow carnelian (also called sard). Intaglio. Convex front and flat back. A large winged male figure stands in profile to left. He wears a kulaf, a cap or tiara that indicates high rank in Sasanian society, and is bearded. Strands of hair are visible beneath the kulaf, but no facial features...

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By date unknown: with Bernheimers' Antique Arts, 44 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; purchased by MFA from Bernheimers' Antique Arts, April 8, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian, Sasanian, A.D. 400–600


Length: 34 x 26.42 mm (1 5/16 x 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems