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shell -- cylinder seal -- animals -- goat


shell -- cylinder seal -- animals -- lion


shell -- cylinder seal -- combat -- male versus animal
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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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: IM87661


excavation number: AbS1906


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):
height: 2; diam.: 1.3

material: shell

date: (ca. 2500 BC)

description:
The seal is complete except for one slight chip and is in good condition. A human figure (possibly wearing a skirt) faces right towards a group of four rampant animals. In the centre of the group crossed lions attack rampant horned animals approaching from either side. These animals have thrown their heads back so that their necks are exposed to the lions. An incised cross fills the space behind the human's head. The carving is linear; the human face consists of a hole drilled for the eye and a projecting line for the nose. All heads are shown in profile.

status: feared to be stolen




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created: April 29, 2004
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