13 June 2000
FOUR AKKADIAN CYLINDER SEALS
circa 2400-22 b.c.
Including one of shell engraved with three worshippers before a seated figure; one of black serpentine with two worshippers before a figure with wavy lines emerging from his shoulders; one of black steatite with two seated figures, a reel-shaped altar between them, each raising an arm with an offering, one a snake-man; and another of black steatite with a hero combating a lion and a bull, and a hero combating a bull-man
13/8 in. (3.5 cm) high for the largest (4)
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