Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian
Early Dynastic Period or Early Akkadian
2334–2154 B.C.

Object Place: Assyria


Height x diameter: 4 x 2.7 cm (1 9/16 x 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Mythological contest scene. At right are two bearded bull-men symmetrically arranged. The one at left is shown in combat with a “nude hero” with curls (Lahmu), and the one at right with another bull man who is more humanoid. At far left a nude human figure is shown in combat with a bull whose head is turned back. In the field between these two combats is a smaller draped human figure with two parallel lines above him.


By 1898: collection of Edward Perry Warren; 1989: purchased by the MFA from Edward Perry Warren.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund