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Pyramidal seal with Medusa and Herakles

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Intaglio. Pierced for stringing. Medusa, winged, walking toward right holding a lion by the tail in each hand. Walking toward her, Herakles holds a lion in his right hand and a club in his left.

Provenance

By 1893: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought at Sotheby's, 17th May 1893, lot 85); 1895: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 29,857.37 (this figure is the total price for MFA 95.9-95.174)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

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

Dimensions

Length x width: 25 x 20 mm (1 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

95.80

Medium or Technique

Chalcedony

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals