of a recumbent boar, perforated up and down, with the eye
originally inlaid. 51 x 29 x 14 mm.
The design shows a sitting antelope arranged in three different
directions. A dot in the right-hand corner and a
line on the lower margin were added as space fillers.5
(D. 1224). Red marble.6 Short squat cylinder seal with a deeply
concave side. 17 x 25 mm.
The design shows a row of three pig-tailed women squatting on
couches, with hands uplifted and four objects
in two rows in front of each, the upper two being bell-shaped and
the lower two circular, each with two dots above
it. The objects would seem to be two-handled pots. They are
rather characteristic of seals of this type; see, e.g. W.
H. Ward, Seal Cylinders of Western Asia, 1910, p. 183, Figs. 504
and 508; H. Frankfort, op. cit. Pl. VIIId.5
II. SEAL OF THE EARLY DYNASTIC II PERIOD (C. 2800 to C. 2600
III. SEALS OF THE EARLY DYNASTIC III PERIOD (C. 2600 to C. 2425 B.C.):
- (D. 1527). Yellow marble. Cylinder seal. 25 x 19 mm.
A kneeling naked hero with a spear in his right hand attacks two
quadrupeds in single file from behind. As is
usual on seals of this period, the eye is made so large that it
fills most of the head.
- (D. 1528). Shell core. Considerably worn
cylinder seal. 33 x 20 mm. The design is similar to that on an
unpublished seal from Tell Asmar in the Oriental Institute, AS
32.1115. On the right a rampant lion attacks a rampant stag. On the
left is a scene in duplicate joined by two parallel lines, showing a
standing naked hero between two rampant animals, presumably
feline. What was manifestly intended to be an inscription on the lower
right-hand border was made with the wheel and is modern, imitating
either Aramaic or Greek characters.
(D. 1529). White marble. Considerably worn cylinder seal. 14 x
7 mm. Enlarged on Plate V.
A hero in a short tunic attacks a lion
which in turn is attacking a long- haired sheep with long sloping
horns, standing on its neck.
(D. 1530). Red marble. Cylinder seal. 37 x 13 mm.
is in two registers, separated by a double line. In
the upper regis- ter is a banquet scene showing a
seated man and woman with a table between them and a
standing servant waiting on the man. The scene in the
lower register is upside down and not very clear. It
shows a spread eagle (presumably Imdugud) with a
long-haired sheep in each talon.
6. H. Frankfort, op. cit. pp. 4 and 35, says that
seals of this type are usually made of red, green, or
grey limestone, but Professor Moore assures me that
our seal is made of red marble; so also H. H. von der Osten,
Ancient Oriental Seals in the Collection of Mr. Edward T. Newell,
1934, P. 16, No. 29.