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shell -- cylinder seal -- mythological creature -- bullman


shell -- cylinder seal -- animals -- lion


shell -- cylinder seal -- combat -- bullman


shell -- cylinder seal -- heroic figure -- hero


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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: IM87660


excavation number: AbS1905


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 3.2; diam.: 1.7

material: shell

date: (ca. 2400 BC)

description:
The seal is complete but badly worn. A central human figure is flanked on each side by bullmen (full face; only the nose left of the bullman on the right). The bullmen are attacked by full face rampant lions. Between the lions' backs a double horizontal line divides a blank upper space and four drill holes which may represent a scorpion or a rampant animal. The carving on the seal was of a relatively high quality. The lions' manes are shown with clearly carved tufts of fur.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:45
created: April 29, 2004
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