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stone -- cylinder seal -- animals -- goats?


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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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


excavation number: AbS2732


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):


material: marbly limestone

date: (ca. 2600 BC)

description:
The cylinder seal is complete, but the surface is very eroded. A human figure with 'spiky' hair seizes horned quadrupeds on either side who rear up on their hind legs and throw their head back. The one side is a second contest group formed by the upper half of a human body, with a vestigial 'head' holding in each hand the raised tails of the hindquarters of two animals. These converge to form jointly the lower part of the 'human'. In the field between their legs is a lozenge(?) placed on its point; in the field at the top, between the two groups, is a dagger(?) pointing downwards. It is very coarsely cut and much of the detail is obscure.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:55
created: April 30, 2004
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