A large collection of Sasanian seals and rings
Circa 4th-6th Centuries A.D.
Mainly of domed form in agate, chalcedony and haematite, engraved on the face with a variety of designs, many with collection labels attached:
1. Profile busts including:
a. Male bust with bearded face, the hair in tight curls, wearing a jewelled necklace and tunic, a Pahlavi inscription above, 21mm. diam., chip to front of bust, no. 'S150'.
b. Male bust with bearded face, wearing a tunic, 24mm. diam., no. 'S11'., chip to side of loop.
c. Male bust, above a pair of wings, 27mm. diam., no. 'S140'.
d. Male bust with bearded face above a pair of wings, 19mm. diam., no. 'S41'.
e. Four other seals with male bust and bearded face, schematically rendered, 20mm. max., 12mm. min., nos. 'S101', 'S77' & 'S67' .
f. Two male busts with bearded faces, their heads joined at the back facing outwards, 11mm. diam., no. 'S257'.
g. A lapis lazuli rectangular seal with a profile male bust on one side, the hair gathered into a bunch at the back, a vertical column of inscription in front, uncertain date, 18mm. long, pierced longitudinally, no. 'S189'.
2. Single and double figures including:
a. A clothed figure with long hair, walking and holding a staff in one hand, the upper edge decorated with a series of short parallel strokes, 25mm. diam., no. 'S209'.
b. A standing male figure wearing short tunic, a spear on either side, the points facing down, 25mm. diam., no. 'S9'.
c. An archer with bow and arrow, schematically rendered, 25mm. diam., no. 'S6'.
d. Two standing facing figures, clasping hands across an altar, (a marriage scene?), carved back to the seal, 18mm. diam., no. 'S221'.
e. Two standing facing figures wearing knee-length garments flaring at the knee, holding a child aloft and horizintally between them above a stepped altar, a hand above gesturing towards the child, a goat/dog stands at right angles behind the left figure and eats from a bush, 18mm. diam.
f. Three seals with worshipper figures of stylised form, 23mm. max. diam., 20mm. min. diam., nos. 'S154', 'N60' & 'S152'.
g. A seated female figure within an arch, 22mm. diam., some chips, nos. 'S195'.
h. A seated female figure with braided hair within a border, holding flowers, 13mm. diam., no. 'S124'.
i. A walking male figure carrying an animal across his back and another object before him with leafy sprigs framing the scene, 18mm., diam., no. 'S120'.
j. A ring, the bezel engraved with a winged walking figure holding a ring with ribbons, 28mm. diam., no. 'S88'.
k. A winged walking figure holding a ring with ribbons, 21mm. diam., no. 'S250'.
l. Another smaller more stylised example, 13mm. diam., 'S1'.
m. Seven small seals, each with a winged figure holding a beribboned flower, 12mm. average diam., nos. 'S87', 'S206', 'S14', 'S133', 'S155', '568' & 'S123'.
3. Gayomard scenes:
a. Four with star-topped staffs, a dog between the legs below, delineated ears and the body covered in the thick animal fur, 25mm. max. diam., 21mm. min. diam. nos. 'S152', 'S92', 'S8' & 'S5'.
b. Two with a dog between the legs below and the body covered with thick animal hair, 32mm. diam., no. 'S107' & 22mm. diam., no. 'S86'.
c. Two figures standing side-by-side, each holding one staff, a dog between the legs of each, depicted with animal hair, 35mm. diam., no. 'S48'.
d. An ithyphallic worn example holding two staffs, 25mm. diam., no. 'S81'.
4. Human-headed animals:
a. Three of winged Lamassu or Gopatsah, the human-headed bull, shown recumbent, his hair straight and bound on each, the largest within a notched border, 20mm. diam., no. 'S207', the second, 17mm. diam.; the third, 14mm. diam., no. 'S4'.
b. Three of winged Lamassu or Gopatsah, shown standing, 14mm. diam., no. 'S21'; another in green jasper, 32mm. diam., no. '560', the third more stylised, 11mm. diam., no. 'S61'.
c. Another with the body of a ?dog, the human head facing towards the ground, 16mm., diam., no. 'S33'.
d. An agate seal with flat face, straight sides and convex back, engraved on the face with a recumbent winged creature with human head and lion's body, the back of the seal damaged, 24mm., diam., no. 'S116'.