Bearded hero with daggers and two ibexes

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between 1300 B.C. and 1200 B.C.
red-and-gray jasper
29 x 12 mm
Morgan Seal 597
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"Palm trees marked with volutes are found in 596 and 597. This use of volutes recalls Mitannian designs, though in the latter the tree as a whole always conveys an impression of artificiality, whereas on the Middle Assyrian seals it has the appearance of a natural tree merely ornamented with metal bands." Porada, CANES, p. 69


Bearded hero (full face), dagger in each hand, standing between two ibexes that jump away from him, each toward tree that is flanked by them as scene repeats.

Southern Mesopotamia.