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shell -- cylinder seal -- animals -- lion


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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: IM88711


excavation number: AbS2102


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 3.2; diam.: 1.5

material: shell

date: (ca. 2500 BC)

description:
Straight sided cylindrical seal with longitudinal perforation, complete, but surface badly decayed. There is a contest scene in a single register: a lion facing left rises on its hind legs to attack the throat of a cervid(?) whose head with horns is thrown back. Behind the lion is probably a human figure attacking him (only front leg clear). Between his back and the cervid may be two short horizontal strokes dividing filling motifs above from a space below (badly worn).

status: feared to be stolen




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