5 December 2012
THREE SASANIAN STONE RINGSTONES
CIRCA 5TH-6TH CENTURY A.D.
Including two of carnelian, one engraved with a winged mythological creature combining a ram's foreparts with a coiled fish tail; one engraved with a lion in profile to the left, his tongue lolling from his open mouth, his tail wrapped around his hind legs; and one of green jasper with a profile male head between two spread-winged birds standing upon a bird in profile to the left, a Pahlavi inscription above, reading: "Ozen(?)," perhaps the owner's name
Lion: 11/16 in. (1.7 cm.) wide (3)
Lion: Joseph Handy Collection, Massachusetts, 1967.
Others: Private Collection, Boston, 1989.
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P. Gignoux and R. Gyselen, Sceaux Sasanides de Diverses Collections Privées, Leuven, 1982, no. 40.53, pl. XXIII (mythological creature) and no. 23.1 pl. XII (head between birds).
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