MITANNIAN CYLINDER SEAL WITH HERO SCENE Early 2nd millennium BC


WESTERN ASIATIC MITANNIAN CYLINDER SEAL WITH HERO SCENE Early 2nd millennium BC

A carved haematite cylinder seal with a robed figure with beard and cap facing a robed female(?) with hands raised, rosette between their faces and rings below; a tall winged figure grasping an ibex by the rear legs and a small human by one arm, above an advancing lion; a facing hero grasping the forelegs of a griffin with a kneeling figure between and winged solar disc above. 14 grams, 26mm (1").

Condition Very fine condition, chipped.

Provenance From a North London collection; formerly in the Rihani family collection, formed 1970-1980s.

Literature Cf. Collon, D. First Impressions. Cylinder Seals in the Ancient Near East, London, 2005, item 275 for type.

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