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shell -- cylinder seal -- animals -- lion


shell -- cylinder seal -- animals -- gazelle


  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: IM88709


excavation number: AbS2100


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 3.1; diam.: 0.9

material: shell

date: -

description:
Complete but worn in places. The design is rather linear but with some depth of cutting for the animals' bodies. There are two registers, separated by a double incised line worn away in places. Upper register (ht. 1.3 cm.): Two deer or gazelle walk to the right with long horns curving back over their backs, heads bent down. Lower register (ht. 1.5 cm): There is a contest scene with two crossed lions and at least one other figure, perhaps another lion (only the hindquarters are clear). There is a fourth motif which does not appear to be a normal human or animal.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:48
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