NO BUYERS PREMIUM - FREE SHIPPING IN USA ~ INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ONLY $50!
0

Your Cart is Empty

* An Akkadian Black Serpentine Cylinder Seal, ca. 2334 - 2154 BC
Move your mouse over image or click to enlarge

MA0810

* An Akkadian Black Serpentine Cylinder Seal, ca. 2334 - 2154 BC

A combat scene with two warriors wearing rounded helmets, a vertical wedge or stylus of Nabu behind both, with rearing winged griffin over an antelope, its head bowed.

Contests between heroes and animals first appeared in cylinder seals in the late fourth millennium B.C., and by the middle of the third millennium B.C., the combatants, which might include mythological opponents, had assumed heroic status. The contest was a favorite subject during the Akkadian period, where it possibly represents the contrast and ever-present struggle between the forces of nature.

Condition: Two minor wear chips to base, otherwise intact.

Dimensions: Height: 15mm, (5/8 inch) Width: 10cm (3/8 inch)

Provenance: Private collection, Florida since 2001 previously Dr. Richard Vadaszy private collection, NY acquired from the trade in the early 1970's.
News & Updates

Sign up to get the latest on sales, new releases and more …