Hero with scimitar attacking lion-griffin

between 701 B.C. and 601 B.C.
white chalcedony
25.5 x 12 mm
Morgan Seal 768
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 with scimitar attacking lion-griffin -- In field: pair of wedges above stylus and spade on platform -- Crescent (above lion-griffin) -- Fish and rhomb (below lion-griffin) -- Star above bird eating fruit(?).

Southern Mesopotamia.