AMETHYST ACHAEMENID CYLINDER SEAL WITH HERO 5th century BC
WESTERN ASIATIC ACHAEMENID CYLINDER SEAL WITH HERO 5th century BC
An amethyst cylinder seal with design of a royal hero in Persian costume extending his arms to two rampant gryphons, with a tree to the rear; supplied with a museum-quality impression. 5.33 grams, 23mm (1").
Condition Very fine condition.
Footnotes This lot is part of a single collection of cylinder seals which were examined in the 1980s by Professor Lambert and most are accompanied by his own detailed notes; the collection has recently been reviewed by Dr. Ronald Bonewitz.
Date Thursday 25th February 2016 - Saturday 27th Feb 2016, Antiquities & Coin Catalogue Auction