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A bearded hero or demon wearing a long decorated mantle holds a winged, horned lion griffin by its throat and menaces it with a sickle sword. A second, much more crudely incised group shows a king wearing large baggy trousers and the cydaris holding a small quadruped. He holds in one hand a...

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By 1934: R. S. Cooke Collection, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England; 1934: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Cooke.* (Accession date: December 6, 1934) *Seventeen seals, numbered 34.1440-34.1456 were purchased as a group for $6000.

Credit Line

Archibald Cary Coolidge Fund

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


Overall: 3.7 x 2 cm (1 7/16 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli


The Ancient World