Hero Grasping Two Struggling Birds

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white chalcedony
Overall: 15/16 × 1/2 in. (2.4 × 1.2 cm)
The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York
Morgan Seal 764
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 large kicking bird with either hand and stepping on third.