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stamp-cylinder seal

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  • Description

    Black serpentinite stamp-cylinder seal; three two legged, winged monsters with bulbous rumps face each other on either side of a vertical fish. To the left is a goat-headed monster with a forward-curving horn, hooves and a scorpion's tail ending in a goat's head with splayed horns, following a lion-headed with prickled ears, paws and a scorpion's tail. To the right is a goat-headed monster with splayed horns, hooves and, instead of a tail, the head of a gazelle with a long, forward-curving horn. There is a crescent above the first monster, rosettes above the other two, and three stars around the fish. Line borders top and bottom. A similar monster, on the base, faces left and has the head of a bird of prey; the tail and feet are not clear. In front of the monster is a human head, wearing a round cap, facing right; above it are a rosette and crescent and below it is a star. The cylinder is unpierced and flares out towards the carved base; the stone loop is grooved and set on a raised disc.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 800BC-600BC
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 2.95 centimetres (with loop)
    • Height: 2.1 centimetres (without loop)
    • Diameter: 1.4 centimetres (at top)
    • Diameter: 1.6 centimetres (at bottom)
  • Bibliography

    • Collon 1987a 399 bibliographic details
    • Collon 2001a 54 (cf: leonine monster) bibliographic details
    • Collon 2001a 71 (cf: leonine monster) bibliographic details
    • Collon 2001a 74 (cf: leonine monster) bibliographic details
    • Collon 2001a 82 bibliographic details
    • Barnett 1948a p.10, n.56 bibliographic details
    • Barnett 1948a p.13, fig.10 bibliographic details
    • Collon 1990 p.17, fig.7 bibliographic details
    • Collon 1995a p.170, fig.136f bibliographic details
    • Collon 2001a pl.VII bibliographic details
    • Collon 2001a pl.XLIII bibliographic details
    • Collon 2001a pl.XXXV bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G54/dc6/sA

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  • Department

    Middle East

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COMPASS Title: Serpentinite stamp-cylinder seal with monsters and animal heads


COMPASS Title: Serpentinite stamp-cylinder seal with monsters and animal heads

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