Mounted archer attacking winged bull

between 721 B.C. and 705 B.C.
black limestone
18 x 6.5 (8) mm
Morgan Seal 624
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908.

"Seal 624 may be of about the same date as 621, since the plumes and the rest of the trappings on the horse, as well as the tail tied in a short loop, are characteristic of the time of Sargon II (721-705 B.C.), as may be seen in a colored-enamel painting that has been dated as of the period of this king."--Porada, CANES, p. 74
Cylinder with convex sides.


Horse carrying archer, who turns to attack winged bull rampant over bird; under horse's head, head of slain figure; under horse's body, headless corpse -- Crescent in sky.