13 June 2000
SEVEN CYPRIOT CYLINDER SEALS
circa 1500-1200 b.c.
Of dark steatite and serpentine, including one with a standing figure facing a winged griffin; one quite worn with a stag and a voluted object; one with a figure standing beside a seated griffin; one with a lion attacking a bull, a bird above; one with a standing figure beside a seated griffin; another similar; and one with two animal-headed deities on either side of a sacred tree, with two facing worshippers
.15/16 in. (2.4 cm) high for the largest (7)
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