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Lost Treasures from Iraq--Objects

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shell -- cylinder seal -- animals -- lion


shell -- cylinder seal -- combat -- animal combat
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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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: -


excavation number: AbS1707


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 2.5; diam.: 1.4

material: shell

date: -

description:
The seal is badly worn and the design can only be identified with difficulty. It appears to show two crossed lions(?) attacking herbivores on either side who bend their heads and necks back. A fifth rampant figure , possible another lion, approaches the group from the left. There is a gap between this figure and the herbivore to the right of the main group which could have held another figure which is now completely erased or it may have been left blank for an inscription.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:39
created: April 28, 2004
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