Stamp seal depicting a male portrait

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Ellipsoid shaped stamp seal with engraved design of a bearded male bust in right profile. A diadem separates parallel lines of hair on crown from face, pointed beard indicated with fine lines. The male bust is supported by a wing like base that is typical for more elaborate portrait busts in Sasanian glyptics. Unconnected double-line border above head. 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
Agate
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.5 × 2 × 1.9 cm (1 × 13/16 × 3/4 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Gorelick
Accession Number
F1999.6.49
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 prior to 1973 to 1999
Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Gorelick, Chevy Chase, Maryland, acquired by Dr. Leonard Gorelick before 1973. [1]

From 1999
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Gorelick, Chevy Chase, Maryland. [2]

Notes:

[1] See Curatorial Remark 5 in the object record.

[2] See Deed of Gift, copy in object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Gorelick

Description

Ellipsoid shaped stamp seal with engraved design of a bearded male bust in right profile. A diadem separates parallel lines of hair on crown from face, pointed beard indicated with fine lines. The male bust is supported by a wing like base that is typical for more elaborate portrait busts in Sasanian glyptics. Unconnected double-line border above head. 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