11 December 2003
A GRAECO-PERSIAN GOLD FINGER RING
Circa Late 6th-Early 5th Century B.C.
With a plain hoop, round in section, joined to the underside of a circular bezel, engraved with a horned winged lion-griffin seated in profile to the right with one forepaw raised, the snarling monster with a lion's body, a bird's tail, and a feathery sickle-shaped wing, its body accented by drilled stippling, a branch in the field between the forepaws and a linear device above the wing
7/8 in. (2.2 cm.) wide; ring size 8
with George Zachos, 1960s.
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For the subject and style, including the use of linear devices, see Boardman, "Pyramidal Stamp Seals in the Persian Empire," Iran VIII, pp. 19-45.
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