Hero Grasping Two Male Sphinxes

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mottled white-and-green siliceous stone
Overall: 1 5/16 × 5/8 in. (3.3 × 1.6 cm)
The Pierpont Morgan Lirbary, New York
Morgan Seal 757
Acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1885 and 1908

"The earlier group (747-752), comprising cylinders for which a Neo-Babylonian classification is suggested, seems to reflect influence of the Middle Assyrian modeled style, while the later group (753-769) illustrates the specific character of the Neo-Assyrian modeled style of the late eighth and of the seventh century B.C., though in some cases a seal included in this grouping may have been made in Babylonia."--Porada, CANES, p. 90


Hero grasping two male sphinxes -- In field: cross topped by globe; rhomb -- Terminal: plant.