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Sealing

Jar Stopper

Object Number:B14242
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Hittite
Provenience: Iraq
Nippur
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Terracotta
Credit Line:Babylonian Expedition to Nippur I-IV, 1888-1900
Other Number:PBS XIV: 46 - Other Number

Description

Seal Impression; Double-Headed Eagle

PBS XIV: an eagle with two lions' heads, seizes in its talons two rampant deer. these are attacked by two lions crossed with other animals. the eagle on the coat of arms of Lagash engraved on the silver vase of Entemena has only one head, truly a lion's head and in face. The double headed eagle of the Hittite rock reliefs of Boghaz-keui, has a prototype in Babylonia at the time of Gudea, and even earlier as in the present impression. the double head, like the bifrons or Janus head, is a primitive convention expressing ever watchful activity working on the either side. seal impress. on a fragment of clay bulla.

CBS Register: clay fragment, jar stopper. seal impression. Hittite, double headed eagle

Bibliography:

[Book] Legrain, Leon. 1925. The Culture of the Babylonians.. The University Museum, Publications of the Babylonian Section. Vol. XIV. Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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