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Nude Bearded Hero Subduing Bull; Bull Man Overpowering Lion
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Akkadian period
(ca. 2334–2154 B.C.)
32 x 22 (20) mm
Seal no. 162
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This seal exemplifies the fully developed Akkadian style.
In carving the figures, the artist demonstrated a real feeling
for and understanding of human and animal forms. The
design of the two heraldic pairs emphasizes the concepts of
force and power. Through the strength of the nude bearded
hero and the bull man, the natural world represented by
the lion and the water buffalo is dominated and controlled.
Perhaps the tree, set on a stylized mountain, and the space
surrounding the figures were meant to indicate the gigantic
scale on which the figures were to be imagined.
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