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stone -- cylinder seal -- animals -- goat


stone -- cylinder seal -- animals -- lion


stone -- cylinder seal -- combat -- animal combat


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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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


excavation number: AbS2731


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):


material: whitish limestone

date: Early Dynastic II - III (ca. 2400 BC)

description:
This seal is complete, but worn in places. Two lions standing on their hind legs face each other, holding between them the hind-quarters of a horned quadruped (possibly a bearded goat) which is standing on its front legs with its head to the left. To the right a third lion (crossed with the right hand lion of the pair) seizes another quadruped by the throat. To the right again a human figure stands facing right and holding a bow(?). Another figure may have been in front of him. Two lions are shown with their heads in profile; the third head is shown frontally from above.

status: feared to be stolen




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