Grey-blue chalcedony cylinder seal: double scene divided into two unequal parts: the larger, a ritual with a figure (king?) before two confronting monsters and ancillary symbols; the smaller, a double-tier contest between a supernatural figure and animals, and ancillary symbols. In the larger panel, the personage stands in full profile, facing right, but his eye is not in profile; his beard is shaped to a point and his hair is in full page-boy style, high off the neck; he wears a dentate crown set on a medium circlet and is dressed in a Persian robe and a tie appears on one of the shoes; he holds a lotus-type plant in his left hand and raises the other with palm turned inwards, away from the central group. The latter consists of two confronted, sejant, winged, snarling horned lions (these would be leo-gryphs if they did not have paws instead of talons on their hind legs); each has its inner foreleg raised over a small central plant with a lotus-like flower on a stem; the heads of the monsters are indicated by lines and drill-holes; each has a single ear depicted, a horn jutting out from the top of its head, curving up and back and ending in a 'T'-shaped tip, a line along the back of the neck, a ventral projection along the belly, rounded haunches, curved tufted tail, and a single wing sweeping obliquely back, with the feather along the lower edge and splayed at the round tips. Above the scene hovers the winged bust (of the presumed Zoroastrian god Ahuramazda) facing left, in appearance similar to the personage but only the right hand is shown holding a lotus-like flower, there are double wings, in form similar to the wings of the monsters: one pair is long and straight up to the tips and the other pair sweeps upwards obliquely from behind to form a crescent or sun-disc round the bust; scroll-like appendages emerge on each side of the tail and end in spherical tips. The scene is bounded by plants: a large lotus on the left and a large bud on a tall stem to the right; these are joined by vertical and horizontal lines so that the second scene is enclosed in a box-like outline (the bud is possibly an incense-burner). The second scene consists of Egyptian dwarf-demon Bes in feathered crown, pleated kilt, with tufted tail hanging down between this widely-set legs; he is presented in his form as a master of animals, with his arms round the necks of confronting, rampant, regardant deer, gazelles or goats which he is lifting off the ground. The animals have the same ventral projections along their bellies as the horned lions. The group stands on confronting, couchant, winged, bearded and crowned sphinxes whose heads are similar to that of the figure in the first scene and whose bodies resemble those of the horned lions. The engraving is careful with linear outlines, light modelling and use of the ball-drill. Worn and chipped on both edges, especially the upper part, and a few internal cracks at the lower end.
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