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Cylinder Seal of a Black Stone - OF.287
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1900 BC to 1600 BC

Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Stone

Additional Information: soldThe translation of the inscribed seal has been kindly provided by Prof. Wilfred Lambert, University of Birmingham
Location: Great Britain
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The design shows two pairs of contestants: a rearing lion-griffin about to bite the snout of a gazelle sitting on a hillock, and a bull with human face grappling with a rearing lion. Between these pairs in an inverted Lahmu- hero holding a jar at his waist.

This is an Old Babylonian seal, c. 1900-1600 B.C. It is a less common type, very well engraved and in good condition. - (OF.287)


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