Cylinder seal

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Sumerian
Early Dynastic Period
2900–2334 B.C.


Overall: 3.4 x 1.8 cm (1 5/16 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Brownish limestone

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



Contest scene. Two criss-crossed rampant lions; one is devouring a bull and the other a long horned animal. The long horned animal is menaced from behind by a nude hero wearing a feather crown and the bull by a bullman. A small long-horned animal at end of scene.


By 1934: R. S. Cooke Collection, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England; 1934: purchased by the MFA from Mr. Cooke.*
(Accession date: December 6, 1934)

*Seventeen seals, numbered 34.1440-34.1456 were purchased as a group for $6000.

Credit Line

Archibald Cary Coolidge Fund