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Zigzag Ladder Patterns
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Late Uruk period/Jamdat Nasr period
(ca. 3500–2900 B.C.)
Serpentine
48 x 13.5 mm
Seal no. 35

Pattern of Two Running Goats, One Above the Other
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Early Dynastic I period
(ca. 2900–2750 B.C.)
Serpentine
42 x 10.5 mm
Seal no. 48

Hero Grasping Bull and Mouflon Menaced by a Lion Attacked by a Second Hero
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Early Dynastic II period
(ca. 2750–2600 B.C.)
Marble
28 x 24 mm
Seal no. 52

Three demons Whose Legs Are Foreparts of Merged Lions Whose Tails End In Serpent Heads
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Early Dynastic II period
(ca. 2750–2600 B.C.)
Shell
30 x 14 mm
Seal no. 59

Lion-Armed Demon with Human Torso and Legs; Two Scorpions; Small Seated Figure, and Crossed Lions
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Early Dynastic II period
(ca. 2750–2600 B.C.)
Marble
37 x 24 mm
Seal no. 61

Horned Deity (?) Seated Before a Shrine, with a Nude Hero Attacking a Lion; Entwined Lion-Headed Snakes
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Early Dynastic II period
(ca. 2750–2600 B.C.)
Lapis lazuli
25 x 12 mm
Seal no. 62

Seated Figures Drinking Through Tubes; Eagle Between Small Animals, with a Boar and Scorpion
Cylinder seal and impression
Mesopotamia, Early Dynastic III period
(ca. 2600–2334 B.C.)
Marble
38.5 x 24 mm
Seal no. 112

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.)
Marble
41 x 25 mm
Seal no. 75

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