Barakat Gallery
Login | Register | User Services | Search | Newsletter Sign-up
Barakat Gallery
HOME : Near Eastern Art : Cylinder Seals : Cylinder Seal of Black Stone
Click to view original image.
Cylinder Seal of Black Stone - LK.191a
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 2300 BC to 2200 BC
Dimensions: 9.84" (25.0cm) high x 7.48" (19.0cm) wide
Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Black Stone

Additional Information: F
Location: Great Britain
Currency Converter
Place On Hold
Ask a Question
Email to a Friend
Previous Item
Next Item
Photo Gallery
Click photo to change image.
Print image
The design is a context scene of seven participants, all on their hind legs. From the right: a nude hero, with bread and belt, is grappling with a rearing bull, the body of which crosses that of another such animal which is being attacked by a lion the body of which crosses that of a second lion, which is molesting a domestic horned quadruped. This latter is being threatened by a bull-man with bovine body beneath the waist, human above, but bovine ears and long plait of hair. He is stabbing the domestic animal while gripping its tail with the other hand. A terminal is divided into two registers: above a scorpion, below a tree, two rulings separating them.

In style this is a typical Akkadian seal, c. 2300- 2200 BC, but its genuineness is open to question. The stone has no wear on it, and it is not in the purpose of such seals to show a bull-man attacking a domestic animal. They always support the human race by e.g. stabbing lions. Also when terminals are divided in two parts, as commonly, the upper part is usually the larger. - (LK.191a)


Home About Us Help Contact Us Services Publications Search
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Security

Copyright (c) 2000-2020 by Barakat, Inc. All Rights Reserved - TEL 310.859.8408 - FAX 310.276.1346

coldfusion hosting