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


shell -- 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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: IM87654


excavation number: AbS1859


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 3.55; diam.: 2

material: shell

date: (ca. 2500 BC)

description:
The seal is complete but very worn. Double horizontal lines divide a two register motif which showed a rampant animal in the bottom half; the top half was either left empty, perhaps for an inscription, or has completely worn away. The main scene involves five upright figures. At the far right a human figure wearing a skirt marked by vertical lines walks left, raising its right arm. Left of this figure are two crossed rampant animals. Diagonal cuttings mark the mane of the animal head on the left, clearly a lion. The animal crossed with the lion and facing the human is probably a herbivore. To the left of the lion are two further rampant animals. It is impossible to identify them more clearly although presumably at least the one immediately left of the lion is a herbivore under attack.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:45
created: April 29, 2004
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