Seal with a Persian Hunting a Stag


The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Hunting was a prestigious activity of the Persian aristocracy, and Achaemenid seals of the fifth and fourth centuries BC frequently depict Persians on horseback or on foot pursuing a variety of quarries, including lions, boar, stags, wild goats, foxes, and hyenas. On this scaraboid, a Persian on foot shoots an arrow at a running stag.


  • Title: Seal with a Persian Hunting a Stag
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: -0400/-0350
  • Location Created: Achaemenid (Persian Empire), Asia Minor
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Blue chalcedony
  • Culture: Achaemenid
  • Classification: Jewelry
  • Accession Number: 84.AN.1.15

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