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Lot 2614
2334-2000 BC. An agate cylinder seal of concave profile with two contest scenes comprising: on the right a standing bearded god is wrestling with a bull which he tramples down by pulling up its tail and hind leg; on the left a standing 'bull-man' with human head and torso, but taurine horns, lower body and legs; is wrestling with hands with a rampant lion, with no dagger, the folded-in arms typical for the Akkadian period. Cf. Boehmer, R. M. Die Entwicklung der Glyptik während der Akkad-Zeit, Berlin, 1965, fig.155 and 230.4.05 grams, 20mm (3/4"). From a North London private collection; acquired before 1990.


Very fine condition.

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Old Akkadian Cylinder Seal with Contest Scenes

Estimate £200 - £300Feb 23, 2018
23-24 Berkeley Square
London, W1J 6HE
United Kingdom
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