Description: 24th-22nd century BC. ?A deeply engraved and well-detailed ?black stone cylinder seal ?with an eight-figure contest scene of four pairs?; at the center? two naked fighting men, turning their backs to each other? ?and stepping in the opposite direction?; t?he left one, a long-bearded bull-man (kusarikku, s.sub no.1), grips with his left hand the right foreleg of one of two bulls? ?with human faces, rampant and crossed?; with his right hand he pokes a dagger in? ?the bull's throat?; between bull-man and bull?,? a mace stands upright in the ground?; t?he other bull is bitten in the face by one of two lions, also rampant and crossed?; t?he second lion in front?,? bites one upright standing bull in the neck, whose head? ?turned backwards is attacked by a third lion?; t?he other naked man, with a long? ?beard and flatter cap, grabs the tail of this lion with his right hand?,? and ?with the right ?stabs ?a dagger in the back of his head?; between two men in hip height? ?runs a horizontal double line, below this a small tree with lancet leaves, above ?a large scorpion, supplied with museum quality impression. ?See Boehmer,? R.M.? Die Entwicklung der Glyptik während der Akkad-Zeit?,? Berlin?,? 1965?; and ?Collon, ?D. ?Catalogue of the Western Asiatic Seals in the British Museum. Cylinder? ?Seals II. Akkadian, Post Akkadian, Ur III Periods?,? London?,? 1982. 18 grams, 22mm (3/4"). From an important London collection, acquired in the 1980-1990s.
Condition Report: Very fine condition.
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