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King Standing on Sphinxes and Holding a Lion in Each Hand; Palm Tree with Winged Sun Disk Above
Cylinder seal and impression
Persia, Achaemenid period
32 x 15 mm
Seal no. 824
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Even though cylinder seals had been carved in Mesopotamia
for over three thousand years, the form was by no means exhausted by the time of the Persian
conquest. Some of the
most exquisite cylinders were produced in the Achaemenid
workshops. On this seal it is no longer the nude bearded hero of the
Akkadians who dominates the animals, but
the Achaemenid king himself in a beautifully balanced yet
artificial composition in which all elements are subservient
to and a reflection of the king's majesty.
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