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Neo-Babylonian style Achaemenid stamp-seal. Human figure (priest?) standing before altar on which is a recumbent lion-headed horned griffin, probably a symbol of the Underworld god Nergal. Crescent, spade standard of Marduk, and stylus standard of Nabu in field above. B.B. 284.4.


By 1925: Edward Perry Warren collection (bought in Paris); October 28, 1925: lent to the MFA by Edward Perry Warren; 1927: purchased by the MFA from Edward Perry Warren. (Accession Date: November 17, 1927)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

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


Overall: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Sapphirine chalcedony


The Ancient World