- Museum number
Mottled orange and pink cornelian cylinder seal; antithetical group with a winged hero facing left between two rearing griffins. The hero's hair is indicated by short strokes rising from a hairband and by short lines above his shoulder, while the other thicker lines indicate his beard; he seems to be bare-chested, with pectoral muscles shown and he wears a broad-belted open skirt, with three curved tiers, over a kilt, and all are decorated with double-edged fringed bands. Three of his wings are indicated with two rows of very fine strokes but one only has one row of strokes and two rows of strokes resembling drill-holes. The griffins have drill-hole eyes surrounded by a circle, crests indicated by tiny drill-holes, short necks decorated with very fine drill-holes, two wings, with back one raised, and tails indicated by short transverse lines, and they extend one forepaw diagonally towards the hero's wings; their bodies and haunches are covered in rows of tiny strokes resembling drill-holes. An inscription is inserted behind the griffins. Edges chipped, particularly the lower end and edge, obliterating the front talons of the griffins; chip above the hero's upper right wing; the perforation of the seal is particularly large.
Diameter: 0.50 centimetres (of perforation)
Diameter: 1.55 centimetres
Height: 2.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- According to catalogue "the squat proportions of the seal would suggest that it was cut down from an earlier seal, which would have been mounted on a spindle and ground down. Edith Porada maintained that large perforations indicated that a seal had been recut and this seal would certainly support her theory".
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.35
1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.35
1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.35
- Fair; edges chipped, particularly the lower end and edge; chip on design.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Regsiter entry transcribed from the General Register of Antiquities in MLA.
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number