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Quartz var chalcedony (green jasper) cylinder seal; contest scene; bearded hero (full-face), naked except for a belt, in conflict with a bison which a bull-man (also full-face) is grasping from behind by the tail and horn (? damaged). Lion in conflict with a hero similar to the first. Terminal, erased inscription with traces of the frame remaining; below inscription a small oryx (?) lying down turned towards the left; concave; small chips around top and bottom.
- Production date
Diameter: 2.65 centimetres (maximum?)
Diameter: 2.45 centimetres (minimum?)
Diameter: 1.0625 inches
Height: 4 centimetres
Height: 1.5625 inches
- Bibliographic references
Smith G 1880 / The Chaldaean Account of Genesis (p.188)
Ball 1899a / Light from the East, or the witness of the monuments (p.45, no.2)
Furtwangler A 1900 / Die antiken Gemmen (pl. I.2)
Weber O 1920 / Altorientalische Siegelbilder (186)
Guide 1922 / Guide to the Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities in the British Museum (pp.232, 234)
Sollberger E 1962 / The Babylonian Legend of the Flood (fig.10)
Boehmer R M 1965a / Die Entwicklung der Glyptik wahrend der Akkad-Zeit (cat.665, pp.36, 39, 42-43, 46, 92, fig. 199)
Collon 1982a / Catalogue of the Western Asiatic Seals in the British Museum: Cylinder Seals II: Akkadian, Post Akkadian, Ur III Periods (117, pl.XVI)
Finkel I 1998 / The Hero King Gilgamesh (p.29)
Barcelona 2002 / The Bull in the Mediterranean World (cat.152, p.201)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2012 Jan-Apr, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Fantastic Creatures
2011 Jun-Sept, South Korea, Ulsan Museum, Fantastic Creatures
2003 19 March-7 June, Greece, Athens, Benaki Museum, 'The Bull in the Mediterranean World'
2002 14 November-2003 6 March, Spain, Barcelona, Salo del Tinell, 'The Bull in the Mediterranean World'
1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.27
1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.27
1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.27
- Fair; small chips around the top and bottom.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Entries transcribed from General Register of Antiquites, q.v xerox in M.L.A. Reference in register: Trustees Minutes 1848-52, pp.362-3.
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
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