Sphinx attacked by genius with bow and arrow

between 900 B.C. and 600 B.C.
black serpentine
45 x 17.5 mm
Morgan Seal 611
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"Seal 611 is also of large size, has a similar [to 610] chevron border, and hence may be dated in the same time. However, it presents a more usual treatment of its subject than 610, except for the fact that a genius wields the bow and arrow."--Porada, CANES, p. 73
Cylinder rubbed.


Sphinx standing over plant and assailed with bow and arrow by genius on one knee -- In sky: crescent; three wedges (two behind sphinx, one before archer) -- Rhomb on ground -- Chevron borders.

Southern Mesopotamia.