London, South Kensington
20 October 1999
TWENTY-NINE SASSANIAN HARDSTONE STAMP SEALS AND A SILVER AND CORNELIAN RING
2ND-7TH CENTURY A.D.
The seals of agate, chalcedony, chlorite, cornelian and serpentine, each of domed form and pierced for suspension, engraved with motifs including profile human heads, mythological creatures including griffins, a winged horse, a siren, sphinxes, winged stags, recumbent winged bulls, a fish-tailed human, zebus, a zebu and calf, a frontal lion's head, a lion attacking a zebu and nisan emblems, circa 4th-7th Century A.D., 1 in. (2.5 cm.) high max.; and a silver finger ring with oval burnt cornelian intaglio etched with a crescent moon and five stars, circa 2nd Century A.D., .7/8 in. (2.2 cm.) across hoop (30)
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See illustration on page 109 for the ring.
Specialist Victoria Tudor explains how these paintings reflect a unique period of cultural exchange between East and West
The artist entertains us in his vast Hudson Valley studio, reflecting on works in progress as well as others from his own collection being offered at Christie’s