13 June 2000
EIGHT NEAR EASTERN CYLINDER SEALS
circa 13th-6th century b.c.
Including a Middle Assyrian green chalcedony seal engraved with a rearing goat and ibex, the ibex looking back over its shoulder; a Neo-Assyrian banded agate seal with a hero holding two goats by their fore-legs; a Middle Elamite banded agate seal with three registers of goats, the terminal with an inscription, with two inverted animals above, perhaps later in date; a Neo-Babylonian yellow jasper seal with an archer aiming at a winged griffin; a Middle Assyrian carnelian seal (damaged) with two rearing goats before a sacred tree, a pendant loop above; a Neo-Babylonian brown chalcedony seal with a worshipper standing before a deity, a dog seated behind; and a Neo-Assyrian white faience seal with an archer aiming at a winged bearded sphinx
1¼ in. (3.2 cm) high for the largest (8)
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