Bull Man Protecting Horned Animals Attacked Felines

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white marble
Overall: 1 5/8 × 1 in. (4.1 × 2.5 cm)
Morgan Seal 75

Here, the domesticated animals are no longer depicted grazing peacefully; a hero comes to their aid as they are attacked by lions. The scene has been interpreted as representing one of the great mythic dramas of Sumerian religion, that is, the eternal and cyclical struggle between the forces of order and chaos. The lions represent the chaos of the natural world, while the domesticated animals and man represent the forces of order and the attempt to impose order on their world. The violent action is perpetual—the battle is never resolved; the struggle is constant.

Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908

"Seals 74-77, which show a treatment of the frieze similar to that in 73, may be assigned to the same time." Porada, CANES, p. 13


Leopard attacking horned animal that is assailed by one of two crossed lions, second of which attacks bull held by bull-man -- Between arms of latter, small feline head -- Terminal: horizontals with scorpion above and two small crossed animals below.