Cylinder Seal with King Holding Two LionsCylinder Seal with King Holding Two Lions
Achaemenian period (539–331 B.C.)
c. 5th century B.C. (reign of Darius)
H. 1 3/16 in. (3 cm); Diam. 5/8 in. (1.6 cm)
This seal shows a bearded king holding lions aloft by their hind legs, standing atop a pair of human-headed sphinxes. On either side of this group is a standing archer, holding a bow and arrows in his hands, standing on a winged griffin.