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shell -- cylinder seal -- combat -- animal combat


shell -- 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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: IM87653


excavation number: AbS1850


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 3; diam.: 1.5

material: white shell

date: (ca. 2500 BC)

description:
The seal is complete but worn. Five figures are involved in a combat scene. A human (apparently naked) approaches the group from the left, arms raised. Crossed rampant lions take centre stage. To their left stands a rampant animal, presumably a herbivore under attack. To the right a rampant herbivore throws its head back as the lion attacks. Three drill holes to the right of this figure could be part of a small filling design, perhaps a scorpion. The lion heads appear to be shown full face. Fairly fine, straight, parallel lines indicate their manes. Drill holes used to mark knees, feet, buttocks, shoulders, and noses and eyes are clearly visible.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:44
created: April 29, 2004
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