Domenico Agostini and Shaul Shaked, Two Sasanian Seals of Priests

This article presents two Sasanian seals of priests now kept in a private collection in Tel Aviv. An iconographic description of the two animal figures carved in the center field of the two seals is provided, one carrying a carving of a ram and the other that of a bull, two common themes in Sasanian glyptic art. The quality of the carvings shows a high degree of craftsmanship. Around the margin, each seal has an inscription giving the name of an owner, in both cases one that is identified as a priest (moϒ). The two Pahlavi inscriptions, though they differ from one another in some points, are typical of the Late Sasanian cursive style. It is however impossible to provide further details, such as a precise location or a narrower dating.