Stamp seal

Dome shaped stamp seal with couchant lion motif. Above the lion is a crescent motif and a Pahlavi inscription from 11 o’clock to 2 o’clock. The second inscription below is located from 5 o’clock to 7 o’clock.

Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, 224-651
Medium
Chalcedony
Dimensions
H x W: 2.3 x 1.7 cm (7/8 x 11/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of the Duncan M. Whittome Revocable Trust in memory of Ambassador and Mrs. James S. Moose, Jr.
Accession Number
F1993.18.5
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Tool and Equipment
Type

Seal

Keywords
crescent moon, dome-shaped seal, Iran, lion, Sasanian Pahlavi script, 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 his 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

Dome shaped stamp seal with couchant lion motif. Above the lion is a crescent motif and a Pahlavi inscription from 11 o'clock to 2 o'clock. The second inscription below is located from 5 o'clock to 7 o'clock.

Inscription(s)

Pahlavi inscription in field, above and below motif.

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

Copyright with museum