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A Lion-Headed Eagle Grasping Two Mountain Goats, inscribed
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Post-Akkadian period
(ca. 2154–2100 B.C.)
30 x 17 mm
Seal no. 267
See CORSAIR catalog record for this item »
The beautifully incised inscription on this unique cylinder
was incorporated into the design to frame the composition.
It relates that the seal was created for a man who was a minor
official and scribe of a purification priest of the goddess Shara.
This was probably at the ancient Southern Mesopotamian
city of Lagash, where Shara was the consort of the chief god,
Ningursu, and where the lion-headed eagle was a favored
image. The delicately worked wings of the majestic lion-headed eagle give the impression that they are spreading open.
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