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Bull Man Protecting Horned Animals Attacked Felines; Scorpion Above Crossed Felines
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Early Dynastic III period
(ca. 2600–2334 B.C.)
41 x 25 mm
Seal no. 75
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Here, the domesticated animals are no longer depicted
grazing peacefully; a hero comes to their aid as they are
attacked by lions. The scene has been interpreted as
representing one of the great mythic dramas of Sumerian
religion, that is, the eternal and cyclical struggle between the
forces of order and chaos. The lions represent the chaos of
the natural world, while the domesticated animals and man
represent the forces of order and the attempt to impose order
on their world. The violent action is perpetual—the battle
is never resolved; the struggle is constant.
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