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


stone -- cylinder seal -- animals -- lion


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


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


  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: IM80623


excavation number: AbS1414


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 2.6; diam.: 2.7

material: soft white stone

date: -

description:
The seal surface is very worn and pitted with a slight chip missing. The design is comparatively deeply cut, but not well preserved. A combat scene shows a human with raised arms. On either side rampant bovines move away from him, but turn their heads back. Lions attack the bovines, but turn their heads back in turn to what may be a schematic eagle attacking both from behind. All animals have profile heads. There appears to be a dagger filling motif to the left of the man.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:36
created: April 28, 2004
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