University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:B1048
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Iraq
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Basalt (uncertain)
Basanite (uncertain)
Credit Line:Purchased from Khabaza, Baghdad; subscription of R. F. Harper, 1889
Other Number:PBS XIV: 153 - Other Number

Description

CBS Register: seal cylinder, basanite or basalt PBS XIV: An ibex seated on a mountain falls a victim to a devouring lion and a winged dragon with a feather tail. A lion is in turn attacked by Eabani and a nude profile Gilgamesh, who lifts him up by legs and tail. The lion is the symbol of Nergal. The dragon with wings and feather tail is the emblem of Ningishzida, the son of Ninazu, and the father of Tammuz, all gods of vegetation, reigning also in Hades, where the devouring ardor of the summer sun has led them when the fields are left parched and dry They will return in spring at the call of love. That myth was in honor of Lagash to Kutha. The sharp open jaw of the lion, the line of hair under his belly, the detailed scenes and clear grouping belong to the Akkadian style. Cyl.. seal. Diorite or basalt, 28 1/2 x 14 1/2 mm.


Bibliography:

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

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