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stone -- cylinder seal -- combat -- male versus animal
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seal
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• museum number: IM80622


excavation number: AbS1377


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 3.6; diam.: 2

material: soft buff-coloured stone

date: -

description:
The lower portion of this seal is broken and missing; there is surface damage. There is a deeply cut combat scene in the upper part of the seal and a small lower register. In the upper register a man kneels on one knee while lifting a hand to either side to touch the necks of flanking, passant animals (it is just possible that his left hand may hold a dagger). Both animals may be lions with heads in profile, but this is not clear. The two animals stand back to back; the wings of a large eagle are visible over their backs. The lower register is badly damaged but may contain a crouching animal.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:35
created: April 27, 2004
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