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stone -- cylinder seal -- animals -- goat


stone -- cylinder seal -- animals -- bull / cattle


stone -- cylinder seal -- animals -- lion


stone -- cylinder seal -- combat -- animal combat


stone -- cylinder seal -- combat -- male versus animal


seal + modern impression
  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq). .
  • copyright for image:  British School of Archaeology in Iraq
• museum number: IM80619


excavation number: AbS1231


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 2.4; diam.: 1.3

material: soft white stone

date: (ca. 2400 BC)

description:
When found the seal was complete except for some slight surface wear and possible concretions. The seal shows a combat scene: a rampant lion and bull with their heads in profile are crossed. The lion holds up a goat by its hindquarters. The goat has its front legs on the ground and its head in profile, facing right. Its horns are long and curved. A human, nude except for a double belt, attacks the bull. He raises one arm and the other probably holds a weapon. Crosshatching indicate the lion's mane and the goat's pelt. The shapes and details of the figures were cut deeply into the seal with little attempt at modeling.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:33
created: April 27, 2004
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