Hero Grasping Lion Griffin

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pink chert
Overall: 9/16 in. (1.5 cm)
Morgan Seal 596
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908

"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


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.