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Cylinder seal: hunting scene in mountains

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Landscape scene. Hunters in small scale are shown in a wooded, rocky, mountainous terrain inhabited by lions, mountain goats, a fox, and a boar; the sun shines above. The setting is probably the Zagros Mountains, East of Mesopotamia.


By 1934: R.S. Cooke collection, Harrow Hill, Middlesex, England; 1934: purchased by the MFA from R.S. Cooke.* (Accession date: June 7, 1934) * Eighteen seals, 34.191-34.208, were purchased as a group for £201.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

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


Overall: 3.6 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Diorite, intaglio


The Ancient World