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shell -- cylinder seal -- animals -- lion


shell -- cylinder seal -- combat -- bullman


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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: AbS1710


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 3; diam.: 1.4

material: shell

date: -

description:
On the find card the seal is described as having a contest scene divided by a pair of horizontal strokes in the middle of the field. To the right of these stands a bull man with a shock of upstanding hair, nose, eyes and mouth almost full-face. He holds the read legs of an up-ended lion(?). Then follows a human figure, probably up-ending another animal, and finally on the extreme right there seems to be a figure with arm raised from the elbow and wearing a flounced skirt. The design beneath the horizontal strokes is indecipherable. The condition of the seal must have deteriorated after excavation because neither on the photograph nor on the rollings made in 1985 can more be seen than the horizontal strokes and the faint impressions of perhaps five near vertical figures.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:41
created: April 29, 2004
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