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stone -- cylinder seal -- mythological creature -- Hydra


stone -- cylinder seal -- combat -- male versus monster -- Hydra


modern impression
  • bibliography and image source: Frankfort, Henri: Stratified Cylinder Seals from the Diyala Region. Oriental Institute Publications 72. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, no. 478.
  • copyright for image:  University of Chicago
• museum number: IM15618


excavation number: As. 32:738


provenience: Tell Asmar

dimension(s) (in cm):
3.2 x 2.2

material: gray stone

date: Akkadian (ca. 2300 - 2200 BC)

description:
Two gods spearing four-legged, seven-headed Hydra, four of whose heads hang dead and three still live and show projecting forked tongues. Six tongues of flame arise from monster's back; two worshippers; star in field.

status: feared to be stolen




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