Crowned Hero Grasping Bull

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carnelian
Overall: 15/16 × 1/2 in. (2.4 × 1.3 cm)
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.
Morgan Seal 149
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"In the seals deriving from the beginning of the Akkad period, the Early Dynastic frieze of closely interwoven figures gradually breaks up into two or three groups of contestants. Frequently a symetrical effect is obtained by a duplication of the human-headed bull (147-52, 154). These scenes... show the lack of cohesion in composition that is characteristic of Early Akkad seals. Equally characteristic is the more developed modeling of the figures. Lastly, a number of details serve to distinguish this class of seals: the attitudes of the heroes and of the bull-men, who often show a characteristic flexion of the elbow in reaching toward the top of the victim's head; the lion's head frequently seen from above, as in the representations of the Third Early Dynastic period; the attire of the heroes, most often plain or fringed kilts, with flat caps or feather crowns appearing in several instances."--Porada, CANES, p. 21

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Feather-crowned hero grasping bull -- Two nude bearded heros each holding one of two human-headed bulls -- Small man between the human-headed bulls.

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