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Exceptional Syrian cylinder seal - early 2nd. mill BC

Exceptional Syrian cylinder seal - early 2nd. mill BC

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Stone: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1178367
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A rare and quite exceptional Syrian cylinder seal, dating to the first half of the 2nd. mill. BC.

The seal was made in hematite during the period of the Old Hittite Kingdom but displays a strong Babylonian influence.

In the center we see a horned animal attacked from either side by two lions. In the fields birds and other preys and a line of Scorpions below. Several severed human heads also present.

Size: c. 17 mm.

Condition: Superb! Beautyful patina and smooth wear

Ex. Old collection, bought in Syria 1954.