New York, Park Avenue
18 December 1998
FIVE SASSANIAN GARNET RING STONES
circa 4th-5th century a.d.
Including a convex oval with the conjoined fore-parts of two lions, one with the head frontal, one with the head in profile, an inscription along either side, both reading "increase;" a convex oval with a soldier standing at an altar, holding a wreath in one hand and resting his other hand on the pommel of his sword; one disk-shaped, engraved with a she-wolf suckling a child; an oval with a device; and an oval with a bird in profile to the left, mounted in a silver fob dated 1884
19/32 in. (1.5 cm.) long for the largest (5)
Mohsen Foroughi Collection for the double lion
Major General Cornelius Mann of Shooters Hill, England, for the second two, acquired circa 1830-1850
Colonel Rivett-Carnac for the last two
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Gignoux and Gyselen, Sceaux sasanides de diverses collections prives, no. 30.124 for the double lion.
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