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A NEO-BABYLONIAN CHALCEDONY CYLINDER SEAL
CIRCA 750-600 B.C.

Engraved with two deites flanking a tassled crescent-standard on a stepped podium, a bearded god to the right, probably Ninurta, wearing a globe-topped horned headdress and a long robe, a sword at his back, one hand upraised, the other holding a leash attached to the composite winged monster upon which he stands, the monster with a lion head, bull horns, bird talons and a scorpion tail, a goddess to the left, wearing a globe-topped horned headdress and a long robe, her hands raised in adoration, standing upon a gazelle; a goat, a large crescent and a star in the field behind her, a fish before her, six dots, a wedge, a mace and other attributes in the field before Ninurta; mounted as a pendant in a 19th century gold setting

cylinder seal 27 mm length x 10 mm diameter

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