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Intaglio cylinder seal with battle scenes

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Intaglio. Narrative of battle, one episode above the other. Upper: an officer stands in advance of his company of six foot soldiers, urging them on at attack the troop of four horsemen who flee ahead. Below: the result of the conflict. Two horses captured; one escapes with rider, one galloping...

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By date unknown: Edward Jackson Holmes Collection; loaned to MFA by Edward Jackson Holmes, April 18, 1930 (as 114.30); gift of Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA, December 11, 1941

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Gift of Edward Jackson Holmes

Greek, East Greek, Hellenistic Period, 323–250 B.C.


Overall: 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World