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Black hematite cylinder seal. A figure wearing a flat headdress (possibly topped by a crest or a bird, but this is more probably the remains of chipping) and a short, bordered, open mantle, holds a spear point-upwards, perhaps with its end over a creature of which only an arm or foreleg are visible because of chipping. The central figure is a kilted storm god who wears a pointed headdress, has a long curl of hair hanging behind, who brandishes a mace (partly obliterated by a chip) in his left hand and holds in the other an axe, a javelin and the notched leash of a bull that turns back its head towards the right. These two figures face right towards a winged figure whose head is obliterated by a chip, who wears a short, horizontally-banded kilt under a short garment resembling a bird’s tail, and who holds a javelin upright. A partly erased and recut terminal seems to show, from bottom to top, a seated monster with open jaws, a human head(?), a hand, and a star
Diameter: 11.30 millimetres
Height: 22.50 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The ends of the seal have been filed down, probably because of extensive chipping, and are both slightly convex. The seal is also partly recut. The representation is unusual in the association of the storm god with another figure in opposition to the winged figure with a javelin which seems to advance towards them. The bull turning back its head towards that figure is also unparalleled.
However, on the contrary, it seems that the weight of the winged figure is on the back leg, and the other two figures, with their weight on their front leg, are the ones who are advancing. For the bull looking back, and probably also leaping rather than recumbent, see CLS 31 (BM 125335), and an example from Alalakh (Collon 1995, no. 36).[
- Not on display
- The seal is chipped, heavily abraded
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquisitions register states "Purchased at sale at Christie's of H.O Cureton. Entries transcribed from General Antiquities Register in M.L.A".
- Middle East
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