Stamp seal depicting a female portrait

citation

Ellipsoid shaped shape stamp seal with female figure standing to the right, long braided hair, holds a flower in her hand. Seals with the motif of female figures have been excavated on sealings or bullae at sites like Takht-e Sulaiman and Qasr Abu Nasr in Iran. The flower may be a thanksgiving offering for fertility.

Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, ca. 224-651
Medium
Agate
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2.1 × 1.3 × 1.8 cm (13/16 × 1/2 × 11/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Gorelick
Accession Number
F1999.6.50
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 shape stamp seal with female figure standing to the right, long braided hair, holds a flower in her hand. Seals with the motif of female figures have been excavated on sealings or bullae at sites like Takht-e Sulaiman and Qasr Abu Nasr in Iran. The flower may be a thanksgiving offering for fertility.

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

Copyright with museum