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Cylinder Seal with Human-Headed Griffin Attacking a Horse
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Cylinder Seal with Human-Headed Griffin Attacking a Horse


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Description This seal, depicting a human-headed griffin attacking a horse, has the detailed modeling of musculature characteristic of Middle Assyrian period art. The use of an empty background highlights the drama of the contest and marks a turning point in Assyrian art later expressed on a large scale in carved palace reliefs. The cuneiform inscription records the owner's name: "seal of Silliya."
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Date Description Narrative
6/04/1968Treatmentother
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] seal of Silliya
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1400-1200 BC (Middle Assyrian)
Medium
incised violet and white stone
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.444
Measurements
H: 1 9/16 x Diam: 9/16 in. (3.9 x 1.5 cm)
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