* 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.
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