One-Eyed Hero with Lions Flanked by Enclosures

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green serpentine
Overall: 1 15/16 × 1 9/16 in. (5 × 4 cm)
The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York
Morgan Seal 4
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908

Cylinder unperforated; in both top and bottom shallow central cavity and outer circle of small depressions.


Center: nude one-eyed hero holding two reversed lions, two more lions forming pyramid above him -- Left: section of inclosure containing sheep, latter between two pots, with lion-headed eagle perched on head of sheep; basket, pouch(?), fish, and bird in upper field -- Right: sheep-headed demon grasping pole of second section of inclosure; within latter, human figure(?) with upturned curls holding in outstretched hands indefinable curved object marked by vertical incisions; lion-headed eagle above horns of sheep-demon; crib(?) in upper field.