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    Sale 12239

    Antiquities

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 121

    AN ACHAEMENID CARNELIAN CYLINDER SEAL, THREE SASANIAN SEALS AND AN ANCIENT SCARABOID

    CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.-5TH CENTURY A.D.

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    AN ACHAEMENID CARNELIAN CYLINDER SEAL, THREE SASANIAN SEALS AND AN ANCIENT SCARABOID
    CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.-5TH CENTURY A.D.
    The Achaemenid cylinder seal with two Persian kings fighting a rampant lion, the terminal in the form of a stylised date palm, a striding ibex either side, a bird flying above, with two-line Aramaic inscription above; a Sasanian white chalcedony domed stamp seal with an investiture scene, the mounted king accepting the royal diadem from Ahura Mazda, also mounted, an enemy trampled underfoot; a Sasanian carnelian intaglio, one side with a male portrait facing left, wearing pendant earring, a Pahlavi inscription above, the reverse with a recumbent zebu and two winged griffins; a Sasanian haematite intaglio with a winged griffin; and an ancient green steatite scaraboid, the underside with geometric design
    Cylinder seal: 1 ¼ in. (3.2 cm.) long; domed stamp seal 1 ¼ in. (3.2 cm.) diam.


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    Cf. the rock relief at Naqsh-e Rostam for the investiture scene of King Ardeshir I (224-242 A.D.).

    Provenance

    Colonel Norman Colville, M.C. (1893-1974) collection; and thence by descent to the present owner.