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Lost Treasures from Iraq--Objects

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stone -- cylinder seal -- animals -- bull / cattle


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, and J. Moon and J.N. Postgate: Graves 1-99. Abu Salabikh Excavations Vol. 2. London: British School of Archaeology in Iraq, Pl. XXXI f.
  • copyright for image:  British School of Archaeology in Iraq
• museum number: IM80617


excavation number: AbS1229


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 2.5; diam.: 1.3

material: gypsum

date: -

description:
Condition good except for slight pitting below animal's body. A passant bull with profile head is attacked by a lion from behind which rather awkwardly raises his right forepaw over the bull's rump in a loop. Behind the animals a man wearing a kilt attacks the lion with a dagger in his left hand while holding a curved weapon in his right hand. Behind him a vertical sinuous line has a two-pronged fork at its top. Unclear strokes around the bull's legs may be a miniature byre or cow shed. Although the animals' bodies are well modeled, engraved lines indicate their heads, the lion's mane and the human figure.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:32
created: April 27, 2004
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