London, South Kensington
25 April 2001
A FINE NEO-ASSYRIAN GREENISH CHALCEDONY CYLINDER SEAL
CIRCA 750-650 B.C.
Showing the bearded and armed god, Ninurta, with three stars around his head, taking aim with bow and arrow at the fleeing lion-griffin, Anzû, the god standing on a lion-griffin, a stylized frontally facing bull's head in the centre of the scene, looking on a diminutive male worshipper standing with one hand raised and the other held out with palm upwards, in adoration before the symbol of the god Marduk, a triangular-headed spade resting on the back of a snake-dragon or mushhushshu, and the wedge of the god Nabu, remains of a four-line cuneiform inscription, small upper edge chip
1 9/16 in. (4 cm.) high
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