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Pyramidal seal with sphinx

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing but perforation does not go all the way through. Motif oriented horizontally. Sphinx with human head, torso, arms and lion's paws pursues a lion towards the right. He draws his bow at the lion while running over the body of a dead antelope. Human head is bearded...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Smyrna); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24,1903

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Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900

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

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The Ancient World