- Museum number
Pink chalcedony cylinder seal with black veins; A rampant lion and a winged rearing stallion confront each other. On the ground between the two large figures is a small recumbent horse, probably a foal. Above the lion’s paw is a column of symbols: an omega-shaped sign with a mountain pattern above it on which is a short stem supporting a lightning fork. Note the V-shaped detailing used for the lion’s mane, the fur along its belly, the tuft above its eye and the tuft at the end of its tail; it is also used on the winged horse’s flank, at the root of its tail and of that of the foal. The horse has a pomegranate around its neck.
- Production date
Diameter: 1.60 centimetres
Height: 4.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The distinctive triangular composition of this seal is characteristic of the reign of the Assyrian King Tukulti-Ninurta I (1243-1207BC).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2012 24 May - 30 Sep, London, BM, 'The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot'
2010 29 May-15 Oct, USA, Kentucky Horse Park, 'A Gift from the Desert'
2007 21 Apr-19 Aug, Mannheim, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums, 'Horse Power'
1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.34
1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.34
1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.34
- Chipping of the upper edge, and black faults in the stone, especially below the stallion; area below the foal flattened.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Qy 35: 51 (Southesk Collection Number)