King aiming with bow and arrow at antelope

between 550 and 450 B.C.
grey limestone
26 x 12 mm
Morgan Seal 830
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"In 830 the king's garment is a Greek chiton; further, he is attended in the hunt by a figure rendered in a typical Greek posture, with legs far apart and torso turned sideward, so that the axis of the body is shifted to the side. This attendant is attired in the Scythian garb portrayed on Attic red-figured vases dating from 550 to 450 B.C. It seems likely therefore that Greek examples influenced the design of this seal."--Porada, CANES, p. 104


King aiming with bow and arrow at antelope that is menaced by dog before it and archer behind it.