11 June 2001
AN ACHAEMENID VEINED CARNELIAN CYLINDER SEAL
Circa 5th-Early 4th Century B.C.
With two identical scenes of a Persian hero holding the horns of two rampant goats, the hero facing right, wearing tunic and trousers, between the groups a four-letter inscription in the Aramaic alphabet give the name of the owner "W-h-t-r"
22. x 13 mm
Said to be from near Babylon
Acquired in 1940 and passed by descent to a Lady of Title
Important Antiquities, Christie's London, 21 April 1999, lot 1
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