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Neo-Assyrian Cut Style. A winged sphinx stands before a large vessel from which emerges a plant and a long staff supporting a seven pointed star. Behind the sphinx stands a bird-headed griffin with head turned backward. In the field above the sphinx is a crescent, below the sphinx a curved line...

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1936: Purchased by the MFA through Prof. Robert A. Pfeiffer.* (Accession date: April 2, 1936) *40 seals, 36.177-36.216, were purchased as a group for $500.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Assyrian, Neo-Assyrian, 883–612 B.C.

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Legacy dimension: .36 x .14 mm.

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Medium or Technique

Smoky chalcedony


The Ancient World