AN ACHAEMENID BANDED AGATE CYLINDER SEAL
circa 5th century b.c.
Engraved with a crowned royal hero in Persian dress grasping the heads of two standing human-headed winged bulls, together with an inscription of Egyptian hieroglyphs enclosed within a rectangular frame which read: "Ptah-who-smites [is] his great father"
1¾in. (4.45cm.) high