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Cylinder Seal with Two Heroes and a Tree
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Cylinder Seal with Two Heroes and a Tree


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Description Mass-produced seals made of soft, ceramic-like materials that could be glazed in bright colors were introduced during the Mitannian period. These seals have less complex compositions, emphasizing repetitive patterns. This one shows facing males holding a stylized tree. To the side, winged griffins appear above reclining horned animals. The griffins, mythical creatures portrayed in the art of Greece, the Levant, and Egypt, reflect the international environment of the Near East during this period.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
6/04/1968Treatmentother
5/24/1978Treatmentother
7/01/2001Treatmentcleaned; other
Provenance Henry Walters, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by inheritance; Mrs. Henry Walters Sale, Joseph Brummer, New York, 1942; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1942

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Period
1500-1300 BC (Mitannian)
Medium
carved blue faience
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.992
Measurements
H: 3/4 x Diam: 3/8 in. (2 x 0.9 cm)
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