Hero Grasping Lion Griffin

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pink chert
Overall: 9/16 in. (1.5 cm)
Morgan Seal 596
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Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908
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"Palm trees marked with volutes are found in 596 and 597. This use of volutes recalls Mitannian designs, though in the latter the tree as a whole always conveys an impression of artificiality, whereas on the Middle Assyrian seals it has the appearance of a natural tree merely ornamented with metal bands." Porada, CANES, p. 69

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Lion-griffin in grasp of bearded hero brandishing ax -- Terminal: tree with volute below branches; monkey perched at top, eating fruit; ibex at left, bird of prey at right.

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