13 June 2000
TWO GRAECO-PERSIAN BLUE CHALCEDONY PYRAMIDAL STAMP SEALS
circa 5th century b.c.
Including one engraved with two facing, rearing winged lion-griffins, the horns, mane and wings finely detailed, their fore-paws at each others neck, an ibex underfoot, its head bent back, the long horns rising up between the two griffins; and one (damaged) with two facing seated winged lion-griffins, both with a raised fore-paw, their tails curling around their haunches
.11/16 in. (1.7 cm) high for the first (2)
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