Centaur attacking winged bull

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between 701 B.C. and 601 B.C.
banded agate
30 x 9 (11) mm
Morgan Seal 749
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"The earlier group (747-752), comprising cylinders for which a Neo-Babylonian classification is suggested, seems to reflect influence of the Middle Assyrian modeled style, while the later group (753-769) illustrates the specific character of the Neo-Assyrian modeled style of the late eighth and of the seventh century B.C., though in some cases a seal included in this grouping may have been made in Babylonia."--Porada, CANES, p. 90


Centaur with bow and arrow attacking winged lion -- In field, star, crescent, fish (below centaur), scattered globes -- Borders of scroll pattern with drillings, blossom composed of globes pendant from upper border.

Southern Mesopotamia.