13 June 2000
ELEVEN NEAR EASTERN CYLINDER SEALS
circa late 4th-late 2nd millennium b.c.
Including a Periphery white steatite seal with zig-zags and disks; a Middle Elamite white faience seal with diagonal ridges; a Syrian marble seal with two crossed animals; a Middle Elamite white faience seal in three registers, two with cross-hatching and one with chevrons; an Early Dynastic white steatite seal with a large rosette above arches; a Early Dynastic I marble "brocade style" seal with three registers of chevrons; a Middle Elamite blue faience seal with two registers of chevrons; a Protoliterate dark steatite seal with a row of ibexes; an Early Dynastic I gray steatite seal with rays; an Akkadian black steatite seal with a figure between two heraldic quadrupeds; and a Syrian red marble seal with an archer aiming at his prey
1.13/16 in. (2.1 cm) high for the largest (11)
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