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stone -- cylinder seal -- animals -- goat


stone -- cylinder seal -- animals -- lion


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


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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: AbS1709


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 2.1; diam.: 1

material: white limestone

date: -

description:
The seal is well preserved but has a large chip out of the bottom half. It shows two crossed, rampant lions with profile heads who attack shaggy, horned animals on either side. The caprid on the left throws its head back, letting its long horn curve over its back. The caprid on the right turns its head away from the lion. Both of its rather shorter horns are shown symmetrically curving away from its head. All heads are in profile. Deeply cut, curving lines delineate all of the animals' features.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:40
created: April 29, 2004
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