Intaglio of an Archer



Intaglio of an Archer




ca. 4th Century AD


Sasanian Empire


2 3/4 x 1/2 x 3/8 in. (7 x 1.2 x 1 cm)

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This carved stone or intaglio would originally have been set into a ring or other piece of jewelry. It depicts a bearded warrior seated on horseback firing a bow and arrow behind him in the typical manner of a Parthian warrior. Parthia was a small state located to the southeast of the Caspian Sea, but expanded into Mesopotamia and struggled with the Roman Empire for control of the area.

Parthian archers were renowned for their ability to shoot arrows backwards from their horses forcing invading enemies to charge after them into unfamiliar terrain. This technique became known as the "Parthian shot" and found its way into everyday speech, used to describe a provocative phrase or action made by someone leaving.

Credit Line

Gift in honor of Lucie Andre


MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, 2001 - Present


© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2006.
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“Intaglio of an Archer,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed December 13, 2018,

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