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cylinder seal

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Greenstone facies cylinder seal; contest scene - bearded hero (full-face) naked except for a belt, in conflict with a bull. Long-haired bull-man in conflict with a lion (head seen from above). First group repeated. In the field, a scorpion; a star-spade; very slightly chipped along the edges.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2400BC-2200BC
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 3.72 centimetres
    • Diameter: 2.48 centimetres (max)
    • Diameter: 2.32 centimetres (min)
  • Bibliography

    • Collon 1982a 33, pl.VI bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2004-5, UK Tour (Glasgow, Sunderland, Leicester, London, Cardiff, Birmingham), 'The Queen of the Night'

  • Condition

    Good / fair; very slightly chipped along the edges.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Acquisition among other items purchased from the estate of the late Captain E.G. Spencer-Churchill noted in the 'British Museum Quarterly' 32 (1967/68), p.57.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number



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