11 June 2001
AN ACHAEMENID VEINED BROWN AGATE CYLINDER SEAL
Circa 5th-Early 4th Century B.C.
With two heroes mastering a bull, both heroes with medium-length hair and short beards, clad in Persian dress of a tunic and trousers, the figure on the right gripping the bull by the horns while the figure on the left drives a long spear into its neck, the bull with its head turned back, collapsing on to one fore-leg, a winged solar disk above
28 x 11 mm
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The scene depicted is a Persian rendering of the famous scene of Gilgamesh and Enkidu killing the Bull of Heaven, and appears to be unique in the Achaemenid glyptic repertoire.
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