13 June 2000
TWELVE SYRIAN CYLINDER SEALS
circa mid 2nd millennium b.c.
Of black steatite and haematite, one engraved with three standing figures framed by two larger figures; one with a series of stylized animals; one with a seated figure and an inverted figure; one with five rows with repeating figures; one with two animal-headed deities and three smaller attendants; one with a deity facing an animal-headed deity, with smaller animals in the field; one with two hunters with their prey before a seated female figure; one with two hunters and an animal before a seated figure; one with a figure approaching another, who looks back at the first; one with a row of three standing figures; one with two facing cloaked figures, another figure between them, a guilloche between a bird and a hare as the terminal; and one of green steatite with two large rosettes, small animals in the field
7/8 in. (2.2 cm) high for the largest (12)
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