Hero grasping two ostriches

between 701 B.C. and 601 B.C.
yellowish chert
31 x 16 mm
Morgan Seal 759
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 ostriches -- Fish and rhomb in field -- Terminal: winged sun disk, star, stylus beside tasseled spade, one above other.

Southern Mesopotamia.