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stone -- 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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: IM88714


excavation number: AbS2105


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 3.5; diam.: 2.9-3.4

material: marbly limestone

date: -

description:
Complete except for a small slice off the top side, affecting the design to a maximum of 0.6 cm. from the top. Design is deeply but coarsely cut.There is one register in which a horned quadruped walks left followed by (almost certainly) a human figure in a triangular skirt who attacks a lion's(?) back with a raised dagger(?). The lion's (?) head may be turned back towards the attacker, but he probably has a paw on the hindquarters of another horned quadruped, also with all feet on the ground, but horns shown frontally, not in profile. There may be other filling motifs, but none are decipherable.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:51
created: April 29, 2004
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