Archer hunting bull

Object no. S01133
Description of the seal image The scene is framed by line borders at the top and bottom. A half-kneeling, beardless hunter (archer) wearing a headband and a double-belted tunic aims his bow at a rampant bull on the other side of a tree on a hill. Next to the tree, there are three lines, possibly indicating further vegetation. The bull has hook-shaped lines along its neck and at all its knee joints. In the sky, there is a crescent moon and a six-rayed star.
Figures, motifs/symbols - borderlines (2): line borders at the top and bottom
- bull: rampant, head turned backwards
- crescent moon
- hill: indicated by a scale pattern, with a tree on its top
- hunter: half-kneeling, beardless, archer, wearing a headband and a double-belted tunic
- plant: indicated by three lines on the hill
- tree: with a curvy stem and radiating branches, on top of a hill
- star: six-rayed
Subcategory cylinder seal
Collection De Clercq Collection
Museum Number De Clercq 311
Culture / Production Place Middle Assyrian
Culture and/or date Middle Assyrian
Provenance ex-de Clercq Collection
First Occurrence before 1888
Archaeological context N/A
Registration number N/A
Dimensions (mm), height, diameter h: 31, d: 15
Material and features "porphyre noir"
Style modelled
Scene hunting

De Clercq – Menant 1888,178 no. 311 and pl. XXIX.

De Clercq, L. – Menant, J.: Collection de Clercq: Catalogue méthodique et raisonné. Antiquités assyriennes: Cylindres orientaux, cachets, briques, bronzes, bas-reliefs, etc. I: Cylindres orientaux. I: Texte – II: Planches et carte. Paris, 1888.

Object history
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