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Lost Treasures from Iraq--Objects

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shell -- cylinder seal -- animals -- goat


shell -- cylinder seal -- animals -- lion


shell -- cylinder seal -- animals -- gazelle


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


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 d.
  • copyright for image:  British School of Archaeology in Iraq
• museum number: IM87652


excavation number: AbS1849


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 2.3; diam.: 1.4

material: shell

date: -

description:
The seal is complete but worn. The design shows two crossed rampant lions who attack a rampant goat on the left and a rampant gazelle on the right. The goat turns its head back while the gazelle throws its head up. The lion heads are shown full face by a drill hole between two parallel lines. Throughout there is a prominent use of the drill.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:44
created: April 25, 2004
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