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Stamp-cylinder seal ("the Tyszkiewicz seal")

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Mythological scenes between bands of spiral ornament. An enthroned god sits amidst various cult objects before a mountain in which a human figure is buried under the god's throne, perhaps a representation of the Underworld. Five deities approach him, one with two faces. On the right another...

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By 1898, Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection (sale: Paris, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, 1898, Collection d'antiquités du Comte Michel Tyszkiewicz, cat. by W. Froehner, no. 241, pp. 80-81, pl. XXVII, said to have been found on Cyprus); 1898, E. P. Warren (bought at Tyszkiewicz sale); 1898; purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren. (Accession Date: October 21, 1880)

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Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Near Eastern, Anatolian, Hittite, Hittite, 1650–1200 B.C.


Overall: 5.8 x 2.2 cm (2 5/16 x 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Hematite handle on cylinder of intaglio gem


The Ancient World