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shell -- cylinder seal -- animals -- lion


shell -- cylinder seal -- animals -- gazelle


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


shell -- cylinder seal -- combat -- male versus animal
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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 e.
  • copyright for image:  British School of Archaeology in Iraq
• museum number: IM80621


excavation number: AbS1233


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 2.99; diam.: 1.7

material: shell

date: -

description:
The seal is complete but worn. The top and bottom surfaces are slightly concave. The cutting is comparatively shallow with drill holes still visible. Two crossed rampant animals (one a lion and the second possibly a gazelle) are the central figures in a combat scene. On the right a human (probably nude) clutches the lion's tail with one hand and may attack it with the second hand. On the left a rampant herbivore (gazelle?) is attacked from behind by the central lion. About a quarter of the pattern is devoted to a two registered section divided by two horizontal lines. The area above the lines ,where one would expect an inscription, is blank. Two crossed rampant animals fill the space below. Drill holes used to create the animals' feet, noses and tasseled tails are clear.

status: feared to be stolen




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created: April 27, 2004
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