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Deity floating on Wings above a Horned Animal


Persian
5th century BCE - 4th century BCE
2.2 cm x 1.6 cm x 1.3 cm (7/8 in. x 5/8 in. x 1/2 in.)
unidentified stone
BZ.1956.30

Not on view


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Description
The mound-shaped seal has an oval seal surface. The intaglio is oriented on the long axis and the suspension hole is drilled 0.8 cm. from the top. The following description of the image is based on the impression: a bearded, long haired and crown figure, facing left emerges from a pair of out-stretched wings. His left arm is raised, and he holds a three-leafed branch in his lowered right hand. Directly below the figure, i.e., centered, tail feathers descend from the wings. Below is a crouching animal with long horns and short tail facing right (a goat or a stag?).


Acquisition History
Gift of B. Ermoloff, 1956.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C.