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Clouded pale brown chalcedony cylinder seal with black inclusions; a hero holds a scimitar behind him in his lowered right hand and grasps a rearing bull by a foreleg; behind them is a six-rayed star. The hero has a striated doomed hair-style rising from a line above his eye (which is indicated by a drill-hole) and ending above his shoulder, and he has a plain beard; he is bare-chested and wears a triple belt and a long skirt with a curved, fringed edge which hangs open over a kit with double hem. The bull is damaged by a chip above its head and a fault in the stone; its eye is indicated by a drill-hole, its neck is marked by inverted "V"-shapes, and diagonal lines mark the hair under its belly. The hero's arms and the bull's legs are marked by lines that meet or cross at sharp angles, and the two lines forming the curved tail of the bull do not even meet. Most of these lines, those of the star, the main grooves of the bull's body and of the hero's shoulder, seem to have been filed. Localized areas of pitting may be due to natural flaws in the material. Edges slightly chipped. Slightly barrel-shaped.
Diameter: 0.90 - 1.05 centimetres
Height: 2.45 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Likely to come from commercial excavations in southern Iraq as offered along with tablets and other objects originating from there.
- Not on display
- Good / fair; edges slightly chipped; localized areas of pitting may be due to natural flaws in the material.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
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