11 June 2001
A WESTERN IRANIAN RED JASPER CYLINDER SEAL
Circa 1000-800 B.C.
With a winged lion-centaur aiming his bow at a winged lion-griffin with avian hind-legs, the lion-centaur with a human head facing forward, a lion head facing back, the fore-legs bent, wearing a feather crown, three animals below including a bull with its head down, a goat, and a winged griffin, a star and crescent in the sky
28 X 13 mm
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For a seal in the British Museum with a lion-centaur see no. 65 in Collon, Catalogue of the Western Asiatic Seals in the British Museum, Cylinder Seals V, Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian Periods.
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