Seal, crow above a smaller bird

citation

Oval bezel stamp seal with action between animals motif, eagle attacking a ram. Crescent at 2 o’clock. Seals with the motif of action between animals have been excavated on sealings or bullae at sites like Takht-e Sulaiman and Qasr Abu Nasr in Iran. A hawk attacking an animal may have a religious connotation or signify a fight between royal animals of different families.

Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, 224-651
Medium
Carnelian
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 1.5 x 0.8 x 1.3 cm (9/16 x 5/16 x 1/2 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Anonymous gift
Accession Number
F1993.15.47
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Tool and Equipment
Type

Seal

Keywords
Iran, Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

From 1943-45 to 1980
Private collector, purchased in Iran. [1]

From 1980
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of a private collector. [2]

Notes:

[1] According to the donor, object was purchased in Iran between 1943 and 1945. See note by the donor dated from November 24, 1980, copy in object folder, Collection Management Office.

[2] Object was donated in 1980 to the Freer Study Collection, and later transferred to the Permanent Collection in April 1993. See Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Joseph M. Upton

Description

Oval bezel stamp seal with action between animals motif, eagle attacking a ram. Crescent at 2 o'clock. Seals with the motif of action between animals have been excavated on sealings or bullae at sites like Takht-e Sulaiman and Qasr Abu Nasr in Iran. A hawk attacking an animal may have a religious connotation or signify a fight between royal animals of different families.

Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum