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Object Number:B7301
Current Location: Middle East Galleries
Currently On Display
Provenience: Iraq
Section:Near Eastern
Iconography:Parthian Head
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:PBS XIV: 1040 - Other Number
500 - Sommerville Gem Number
29-128-500 - Old Museum Number
32 - Vermeule Number (Sommerville Gems)
CBS7301 - Other Number


hemispherical. parthian head and bust with long hair and ornaments. erased inscription above. Sommerville #500 (1889): Pale Sard - Intaglio Seal. Inscription partly obliterated. With plaster impression. PBS XIV: A Parthian head and bust with long hair, short beard, a necklace, a mantle covering both shoulders. There are ornaments like a three pronged fork on the breast, a star and a crescent on either side and an erased inscription in Pehlvi characters above the head. Hemispherical seal. Chalcedony, 19 x 18 ½ mm

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Cameo and Intaglio: Engraved Gems from the Sommerville Collection (30 Nov 1956 - 31 Mar 1957) View Objects in Exhibition
Middle East Galleries (21 Apr 2018) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Legrain, Leon. 1925. The Culture of the Babylonians.. The University Museum, Publications of the Babylonian Section. Vol. XIV. Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1889. Engraved Gems: Their History and an Elaborate View of Their Place In Art.. Maxwell Sommerville. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 699, #500, plate 40View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1956. The Sommerville Gem Collection of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 32View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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