Goat-fish under ram-headed crook

between 600 and 400 B.C.
bluish chalcedony
25 x 18 x 20 mm
Morgan Seal 803
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"...795-811 have been classed as Neo-Babylonian, because many seal impressions of corresponding style and subject have been found on Neo-Babylonian tablets of the sixth and fifth centuries B.C. In these impressions a relatively uniform style perists, though the dates of most of the tablets reach well into Persian times (for example, Philadelphia 965-969), and Persian seal impressions also appear on them ... Seals 801-803 bear only symbolic figures, all previously encountered on cylinders. The scorpion-man of 801 has been seen in 783 and 784; the fish-men of 802 occur also in 785; the goat-fish of 803, pictured with a ram-headed crook ending in what appears to be a fork, tallies with a similar figure in 784."--Porada, CANES, p. 96-98
Conical seal with rounded top and slightly convex oval base, damaged.


Goat-fish under ram-headed crook ending in foot(?) -- In field, rhomb (before goat-fish).