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shell -- cylinder seal -- animals -- lion


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


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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: IM88710


excavation number: AbS2101


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 2.6; diam.: 1

material: shell

date: (ca. 2500 BC)

description:
Complete but surface worn and pitted.The seal is a straight sided cylinder with a longitudinal perforation. The design is quite deeply cut in a single register.The seal shows a contest scene showing two crossed lions, each biting at the necks of horned animals who arch their heads back from the lions. Standing to the right of the right-hand animal is a very schematic figure, perhaps a bull-man. Between his back and the left-hand animal are three short horizontal strokes and above them are drill holes which may have been intended as a filling motif, e.g. a scorpion.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:49
created: April 29, 2004
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