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Cylinder seal with slightly concave sides. Contest scene: the hero with curls, Lahmu, holds a bull by its hindleg and a bullman with horned helmet holds a lion by its hindlegs, while an eagle with outspread wings, holds the tails of the two animals. Beneath the lion appears a walking...

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1936: Purchased by the MFA through Prof. Robert A. Pfeiffer.* (Accession date: April 2, 1936) *40 seals, 36.177-36.216, were purchased as a group for $500.

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Seth K. Sweetser Fund

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Akkadian, Akkadian, 2334–2154 B.C.


Legacy dimension: .23 x .14 mm.

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The Ancient World