AN AKKADIAN LAPIS LAZULI CYLINDER SEAL
Circa 2334-2154 B.C.
With a contest scene of two pairs, each with a rearing lion grappling with an inverted bull, a stylized tree between them, the cylinder with modern gold caps, now the central element of a necklace of ancient lapis lazuli beads and later gilt silver beads with granulation
1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm) long