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Cylinder Seal with a Lion Hunt
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Cylinder Seal with a Lion Hunt

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Description In the 8th and 7th centuries BC, Elam, to the east of Mesopotamia in Iran, experienced a brief period of prosperity during which it allied itself with Babylonia against Assyria. The seals produced in Elam during this period reflect themes derived from Mesopotamia, such as the lion hunt seen here; however, the strong modeling, the almost decorative patterning of the details, and the exaggerated posture of the lion characterize the local Elamite style.
Date Description Narrative
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by inheritance; Joseph Brummer, Paris and New York, 1941, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1941, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1941

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800-600 BC (Neo-Elamite)
carved chalcedony
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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H: 1 5/16 x Diam: 9/16 in. (3.4 x 1.4 cm)


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