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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  • bibliography and image source: Martin, Harriet: (unpublished; courtesy British School of Archaeology in Iraq).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: AbS2733


provenience: Abu Salabikh

dimension(s) (in cm):


material: marbly limestone

date: (ca. 2600 BC)

description:
The seal is complete except for ancient chips off of one side of the top, but it is very abraded. A central, very schematic, human figure extends his arms to quadrupeds raised on their hind legs on each side. To the right of the right hand animal, another human figure holds its upright tail. Other details are obscure owing to the exceedingly coarse style of cutting.

status: feared to be stolen




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revised: April 14, 2008 10:30:56
created: April 30, 2004
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