Mr. and Mrs. James S. Moose, Jr., purchased in Iran in the 1930s. 
Duncan M. Whittome, by gift or inheritance from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James S. Moose, Jr. 
Duncan M. Whittome, Revocable Trust. 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Duncan M. Whittome, Revocable Trust. 
 Purchased in Iran by the parents of Duncan Whittome, Mr. and Mrs. James S. Moose, Jr., while in the Foreign Service during the 1930s.
 See note 1.
 Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
 See note 3.
- Previous Owner(s)
Duncan M. Whittome, Revocable Trust
Ambassador and Mrs. James S. Moose Jr.
Duncan M. Whittome
Dome shaped stamp seal with lion motif. Couchant to the right. Above, crescent and Pahlavi inscription, second inscription below. Deeply carved and finely modeled body. Seals with the motif of a lion have been excavated on sealings or bullae at sites like Takht-e Sulaiman and Qasr Abu Nasr in Iran. In the "Shahname" (Book of Kings) the lion is a conventional term for a great warrior. The lion is a frequent motif on Sasanian seals.
Pahlavi inscription in field, above and below motif.
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- Ancient Near Eastern Art
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