This finely-carved scaraboid depicts a popular subject borrowed from Mesopotamian art: the Persian lion-griffin, shown with a horned lion's head and forepart with wings. The tail is of an ostrich and the hind legs are of a bird of prey. The monster often appears in Persian Imperial art, notably as an adversary for the Persian royal hero on reliefs at Persepolis, see nos 42-43 in J. Curtis and N. Tallis (eds), Forgotten Empire, The World of Ancient Persia. The small knobbed horn is often added to create monsters in Persian and related arts of this period. For seals with similar lion-griffin monsters cf. J. Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings, London, 1970, p. 351, pls 838-842.