Cylinder Seal Showing a Contest Scene

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 20 February 2018

This green jasper cylinder seal depicts a contest scene. At the centre of the scene, there is a pair of crossed bulls; each one is being attacked by a standing bearded hero. The heroes have a double bun hairstyle. They wear a wrap-over kilt and shoes with turned up tips. Another bull stands below the cuneiform inscription, naming the owner of the seal as the servant of Bin-kali-sharri, the son of Naram-Sin of Akkad. Akkadian Period, circa 2250 BCE. Precise provenance of excavation is unknown. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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