- Museum number
- Series: Oxus Treasure
Particularly translucent, dark pink-brown cornelian cylinder seal; engraved in intaglio with a scene showing seated and standing figures, and ancillary animal. A personage (deity?) seated on a high-backed chair, facing left, is possibly female as there is no evidence of a beard, but probably male as there are no sign of the breasts that are so obvious on the attendant; the nose is prominent and the hair seems to be bunched at the back of the head; the figure appears to be wearing a thigh-length, belted garment, the feet point downwards, one hand with palm outwards is stretched along the thigh, the other is raised to receive a spherical object (ball or mirror or cup?) from a slightly smaller, female figure standing before the personage. The latter has long plaited hair ending in three tassels (?) and seems to be naked; her hair, breasts and hips are indicated by drill-holes and the outline of her pubic triangle appears between her thighs; one hand, with palm facing inwards, is stretched out, the other is raised and just about to pass the ball or mirror to the seated figure. Behind the chair or throne stands a small, humped, zebu bull facing left, its curved horns shown from a three-quarter angle and its tufted tail hanging down. The engraving is crude and drill-holes are used to emphasize the various features. Above the figures, a four letter inscription is placed horizontally. Pitted on the surface and worn along the edges.
- Production date
- 6thC BC
Diameter: 1.30 centimetres
Height: 3.80 centimetres
- On display (G52/dc3)
- Exhibition history
2006 7 Mar-11 Jun, Barcelona, Fundacion La Caixa, 'L'imperi Oblidat'
2005-2006 Sept-Jan, London, BM, 'Forgotten Empire'
1995-2005 17 Nov-Aug BM, G52/IRAN/28b
1994 16 Jun-23 Dec, BM, G49/IRAN/28b
1989 Temporary display, BM, Room 35 (Hinton St Mary mosaic staircase)
1975-ca 1990 Jul- BM, Iranian Room [IR], OT case
1931-ca 1939 BM, Room 20: Persian Room
1923-1931 BM, King Edward VII Building: Franks Display
1900- BM, Gold Ornament Room
- Fair; pitted on the surface and worn along the edges.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: OT 115 (catalogue no)