New York, Park Avenue
30 May 1997
A SYRIAN HEMATITE CYLINDER SEAL
circa 1850-1720 b.c.
Engraved with a two-headed deity in the center wearing a flounced robe, his arms raised on either side, standing between a seated deity to his right holding a conical vessel in his hand, and a standing figure to his left wearing a fringed mantle, a bird in the sky to the right, with a terminal of three marching men in tunics above an enclosed band of guilloche above two confronting figures, plain border above and below
7/8in. (2.25cm.) high
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