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Pyramidal seal with facing goat-sphinxes

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing but perforation does not go all the way through. Motif oriented horizontally. Two sphinxes with beards, ibex horns, lion body, wings and short manes, sit facing one another. Each animal has one front paw raised and touching the other.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, January 2, 1913, for $18,948.70 (this figure is the total price for MFA 13.186-13.245)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

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

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World