Iran / Stamp seal: standing noble holding a flower / 3rdâ??early 4th centuryIran
Stamp seal: standing noble holding a flower
3rdâ??early 4th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Iranian
Creator Name-CRT: Iran
Title: Stamp seal: standing noble holding a flower
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 200
Creation End Date: 333
Creation Date: 3rdâ??early 4th century
Creation Place: Iran
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Sardonyx
Dimensions: H. 1 5/16 in. (3.4 cm)
Description: This oval seal stone is finely carved with the full-length image of a male figure of high rank; whether a prince or a nobleman is not clear, however, since it lacks an inscription. Singular full-length figures are rare on Sasanian seals. This one turns to look at a plant or blossom, simply drawn, held up in his right hand. He holds the hilt of his sword with the other hand . Two dots on the chest may indicate clasps for a cloak, though none is shown. His stance and dress are like those seen on male figures in early Sasanian rock reliefs. Sasanian seals are often made of semiprecious stones and royal ones are large in scale.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 22.139.41
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1922
Copyright: Copyright ?? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Sasanian period
AMICA ID: MMA_.22.139.41
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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