Female sphinx attacked by archer

ca. 800 B.C.
black serpentine
33 x 14 mm
Morgan Seal 612
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"Seals 612-619, all of medium size, are examples of the most common rendering of hero and victim. They can be dated about 800 B.C., because of their close resemblance in subject and rendering to Berlin 639-644, which were so dated by Moortgat on the basis of relevant archaeological evidence from Ashur. Seals 620-626, on the other hand, which present a heterogeneous group of contest scenes, probably vary considerably in date."--Porada, CANES, p. 73
Cylinder damaged.


Female sphinx attacked by archer on one knee, plant between them -- In sky, crescent, star, small cross(?).

Southern Mesopotamia.