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A Winged Hero Contesting with a Lion for a Bull
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Neo-Babylonian period
38.5 x 18 mm
Seal no. 747
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In the miniature space on the surface of this seal, the artist
created a contest of monumental proportions: a demonic
lion faces a winged superhuman hero. The lion's threatening
gesture and the tension of his sharp claws suggest his evil
power. But the hero will prevail. Taller than the lion, he calmly
dominates it, and the bull—the victim of the contest—
remains in his power. The smooth muscular forms of the heroic
figure are set off by his carefully detailed and ornamented
flounced garment. Despite the violence of the action,
the figures seem frozen in time—a result of the symmetry.
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