Figure standing on crescent

between 600 and 400 B.C.
translucent chalcedony
24.5 x 18.5 x 14.5 mm
Morgan Seal 811
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 ... A cross-shaped object topped by a globe occasionall occurs (810, 811); its meaning is not clear ... Occasionally drilled-style stamps portray other subjects, such as a deity in a crescent (811)."--Porada, CANES, p. 96, 99
Conical seal with rounded top and slightly convex oval base.


Figure standing on crescent; before figure, mace(?); behind figure, cross-shaped object topped by globe.