A GRECO-PERSIAN CALCIFIED CHALCEDONY CYLINDER SEAL WITH A GOAT
A GRECO-PERSIAN CALCIFIED CHALCEDONY CYLINDER SEAL WITH A GOAT
A GRECO-PERSIAN CALCIFIED CHALCEDONY CYLINDER SEAL WITH A GOAT
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A GRECO-PERSIAN CALCIFIED CHALCEDONY CYLINDER SEAL WITH A GOAT

CLASSICAL COURT STYLE, CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.

Details
A GRECO-PERSIAN CALCIFIED CHALCEDONY CYLINDER SEAL WITH A GOAT
CLASSICAL COURT STYLE, CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.
15⁄16 in. (2.5 cm.) long
Provenance
Giorgio Sangiorgi (1886-1965), Rome, acquired and brought to Switzerland, late 1930s; thence by continuous descent to the current owner.
Special notice

This lot has been imported from outside of the UK for sale and placed under the Temporary Admission regime. Import VAT is payable at 5% on the hammer price. VAT at 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium but will not be shown separately on our invoice.
The USA prohibits the purchase by US persons of Iranian-origin “works of conventional craftsmanship” such as carpets, textiles, decorative objects, and scientific instruments. The US sanctions apply to US persons regardless of the location of the transaction or the shipping intentions of the US person. For this reason, Christie’s will not accept bids by US persons on this lot. Non-US persons wishing to import this lot into the USA are advised that they will need to apply for an OFAC licence and that this can take many months to be granted.

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Lot Essay

Cylinder seals, although typical in Mesopotamia and Iran, were not a common shape in the 5th-4th Century, where pyramidal and scaraboid shapes were more popular. Here a single figure of a horned goat walks around the surface of the seal. For a seal with a single figure of a bull, cf. J. Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings, London, 1970, pl. 852.
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