Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian
Old Babylonian
1894–1595 B.C.


Object Place: Sumero-Akkadian

Dimensions

Legacy dimension: .19 x .11 mm.

Accession Number

36.198

Medium or Technique

Hematite

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Contest scene. At left, hero (Lahmu) wrestling with bullman, with stylus of Nabu between two figures. At right, winged lion-griffin attacking a horned animal. Between the two groups of combattants stands a smaller human figure with orb inscribed in crescent above him. Symbols to the end of scene; fly or bee and fish.

Provenance

1936: Purchased by the MFA through Prof. Robert A. Pfeiffer.*
(Accession date: April 2, 1936)

*40 seals, 36.177-36.216, were purchased as a group for $500.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund