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Pyramidal seal with two-headed sphinx

Intaglio. Pierced for stringing. Chalcedony is burnt giving the stone a chalky, white color. Significant chip of seal surface and body of seal. Scene is carved on the horizontal axis. Seated sphinx facing left with an additional head of Bes. Body of the sphinx is in profile. The Bes head is...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Greece); loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren, October 28, 1925 (as 561.25); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, November 17, 1927 for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

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

Accession Number

27.665

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals