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Early Dynastic shell cylinder seal, man vs beast!

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Early Dynastic shell cylinder seal, man vs beast!
A very large and beautyful cylinder seal of shell, dating to the Early Dynastic Period, 29002334 B.C.

This type of seals made of shell with the dramatic contest scenes are rare and in high demand among collectors. The seal is very concave and engraved with two heros fighting two lions standing on the their hind legs. The heros carry a sort of swords or daggers.

The impression is difficult to roll because of the very concave design and high relief and could improve with some softer wax.

Size: 33 mm. high and 20 mm. in diamater.

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