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Doubtful piece in Achaemenid style. At right bearded worshipper with Persian cap holding lotus in one hand in front of stepped altar supported by lion-demon standard (symbol of Mesopotamian Underworld god Nergal). At left, on other side of altar, bearded winged sphinx with horned headdress, ...

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By 1965: with Mrs. Oric Bates, Mrs. F. Carrington Weems, Mrs. Horace L. Mayer. 1965 given to the MFA by Mrs. Bates, Mrs. Weems, Mrs. Mayer, 10 November 1965. (Accession date: November 10, 1965)

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Gift of Mrs. Oric Bates, Mrs. F. Carrington Weems and Horace L. Mayer, plus restricted funds, (William Francis Warden Fund)

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


Overall: 2 x 10 cm (13/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World