13 June 2000
TWO GRAECO-PERSIAN CHALCEDONY PYRAMIDAL STAMP SEALS
circa 5th century b.c.
Including one of blue chalcedony engraved with a Persian man armed with a short sword attacking a rearing lion; and one of gray chalcedony with a Persian king wearing a crown, spearing a rearing lion, a double groundline below
.29/32 high (2.3 cm) high for the larger (2)
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