London, South Kensington
25 April 2001
AN AKKADIAN GREENISH-BLACK SERPENTINE CYLINDER SEAL
CIRCA 2300-2200 B.C.
Showing two human-headed bulls with long curling beards, rearing up on their hindlegs, being protected by a hero with curling beard, the other held by another kilted hero shown in profile wearing a headdress with zigzag decoration, and a third pair of combatants, a bull-man thrusting a dagger into the back of a reared-up lion, the terminal as a star-spade beneath three horizontal lines
1 5/8 in. (4.2 cm.) high
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