A GRECO-PERSIAN ROCK CRYSTAL PYRAMIDAL STAMP SEAL WITH A HERO AND WINGED GOAT
A GRECO-PERSIAN ROCK CRYSTAL PYRAMIDAL STAMP SEAL WITH A HERO AND WINGED GOAT
A GRECO-PERSIAN ROCK CRYSTAL PYRAMIDAL STAMP SEAL WITH A HERO AND WINGED GOAT
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A GRECO-PERSIAN ROCK CRYSTAL PYRAMIDAL STAMP SEAL WITH A HERO AND WINGED GOAT

ARCHAIC WESTERN COURT STYLE, LATE 6TH CENTURY B.C.

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A GRECO-PERSIAN ROCK CRYSTAL PYRAMIDAL STAMP SEAL WITH A HERO AND WINGED GOAT
ARCHAIC WESTERN COURT STYLE, LATE 6TH CENTURY B.C.
11/16 in. (1.8 cm.) long
Provenance
Agnes Baldwin Brett (1876–1955), New Jersey.
Giorgio Sangiorgi (1886-1965), Rome, acquired and brought to Switzerland, late 1930s; thence by continuous descent to the current owner.
Literature
H. Henning von der Osten, Ancient Oriental Seals in the Collection of , Chicago 1935, no. 138, p. 19, pl. XII.
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Please note that there is additional provenance for this lot and that it has also been published in H. Henning von der Osten, Ancient Oriental Seals in the Collection of Mrs. Agnes Baldwin Brett, Chicago 1935, no. 138.

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Lot Essay

The underside with the standing hero grasping the horns of the rearing winged goat with one hand and a sword in the other. The domed headdress would suggest that this particular hero is a Mede. For similar cf. J. Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings, London, 1970, p. 351, pl. 824.
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