Stamp seal

Ellipsoid shaped stamp seal with male figure motif, standing in right profile. Figure wearing a long coat and holding a barsom (bundle of sticks) before a fire alter.

Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, 224-651
Medium
Agate
Dimensions
H x W: 1.3 x 0.8 cm (1/2 x 5/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of the Duncan M. Whittome Revocable Trust in memory of Ambassador and Mrs. James S. Moose, Jr.
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1993.18.22
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Tool and Equipment
Type

Seal

Keywords
ellipsoid-shaped seal, Iran, man, Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651), stamp seal, 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 her 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
Duncan M. Whittome Revocable Trust
Ambassador and Mrs. James S. Moose Jr.

Description

Ellipsoid shaped stamp seal with male figure motif, standing in right profile. Figure wearing a long coat and holding a barsom (bundle of sticks) before a fire alter.

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