Judith A. Lerner, An Alan Seal

Plaster impression of the Alan seal.

This article presents a seal of the Sasanian period that depicts a recumbent stag and an inscription identifying it as belonging to an Alan prince. The use of the stag and its particular posture refers to the owner’s Scythian or steppe nomad heritage; the style of carving and the distinctive features of the stag make the seal a unique example of Sasanian glyptic art and tells us something about this Alan prince’s affiliation with the Sasanian cultural and political sphere as well as his ethnicity.