Stamp seal, bust of male

citation

Dome shaped stamp seal of male bust motif, profile right. A diadem separates parallel lines of hair on crown from face, pointed beard indicated with fine lines. Pleats of robe on chest. Traces of inscription in field opposite face. While plenty of male portrait busts are known on seals and impressions on sealings or bullae excavated at sites like Takht-e Sulaiman and Qasr Abu Nasr it is doubtful whether there is any real portrait character intended. Seals like this were a standard social convention.

Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, 224-651
Medium
Unidentified
Dimensions
H x W: 2.2 x 2.2 cm (7/8 x 7/8 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of the Duncan M. Whittome Revocable Trust in memory of Ambassador and Mrs. James S. Moose, Jr.
Accession Number
F1993.18.14
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Tool and Equipment
Type

Seal

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

From 1930s
Mr. and Mrs. James S. Moose, Jr., purchased in Iran in the 1930s. [1]

Duncan M. Whittome, by gift or inheritance from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James S. Moose, Jr. [2]

To 1993
Duncan M. Whittome, Revocable Trust. [3]

From 1993
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Duncan M. Whittome, Revocable Trust. [4]

Notes:

[1] Purchased in Iran by the parents of Duncan Whittome, Mr. and Mrs. James S. Moose, Jr., while in the Foreign Service during the 1930s.

[2] See note 1.

[3] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

[4] See note 3.

Previous Owner(s)

Duncan M. Whittome, Revocable Trust
Ambassador and Mrs. James S. Moose Jr.
Duncan M. Whittome

Description

Dome shaped stamp seal of male bust motif, profile right. A diadem separates parallel lines of hair on crown from face, pointed beard indicated with fine lines. Pleats of robe on chest. Traces of inscription in field opposite face. While plenty of male portrait busts are known on seals and impressions on sealings or bullae excavated at sites like Takht-e Sulaiman and Qasr Abu Nasr it is doubtful whether there is any real portrait character intended. Seals like this were a standard social convention.

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

Copyright with museum