Lion-griffins attacking bull

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between 1400 B.C. and 1300 B.C.
yellowish chert
24 x 11.5 mm
Morgan Seal 594
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"Dating of 594 in the fourteenth century is indicated by its similarity to a seal impression of that time (Weber 316a). In each instance a decorative motif is formed by using the wings of the lion-griffins to frame a palmette tree. In the scene of the impression the shoulder feathers of the lion-griffin's wings are indicated by drillings. This distinctive detail (which appears to derive from Mitannian designs), though it is lacking in 594, does appear in 595." Porada, CANES, p. 68


Two lion-griffins attacking bull between them -- Terminal: palmette tree.

Southern Mesopotamia.