Hero (archer) hunting griffin

Object no. S01268
Description of the seal image The scene is framed by line borders at the top and bottom. A half-kneeling, bearded hero (archer) wearing a headband and a belted tunic aims his bow at a griffin. He is further armed with a sword at his waist and has a tasselled quiver with arrows on his back. Between the two figures, there is a crescent moon above a spiky plant and a double wedge below the hybrid creature. Behind the two figures, there are the Sibitti (Pleiades) above a rhomb, while above the hybrid creature is an eight-rayed star.
Figures, motifs/symbols - borderlines (2): line borders at the top and bottom
- crescent moon
- griffin: winged, lifting a foreleg
- hero: half-kneeling, bearded, archer, wearing a headband and a triple-belted tunic, with a sword at his waist and has a tasselled quiver with arrows on his back
- plant: spiky
- rhomb
- Sibitti (Pleiades)
- star: eight-rayed
- wedge: cuneiform, double
Subcategory cylinder seal
Collection Bibel+Orient Museum, Freiburg / Bibel+Orient Museum, Fribourg
Museum Number VR 1981.95
Condition, shape worn
Culture / Production Place Neo-Assyrian
Provenance N/A
First Occurrence 1981
Archaeological context N/A
Registration number N/A
Dimensions (mm), height, diameter h: 33, d:15
Material and features "schwarzgrüner Serpentin"
Style linear
Scene hunting

Keel-Leu – Teissier 2004, 173–174 and 439 no. 165.

Keel-Leu, H. J. – Teissier, B.: Die vorderasiatischen Rollsiegel der Sammlungen «Bibel+Orient» der Universität Freiburg Schweiz = The Ancient Near Eastern Cylinder Seals of the Collections «Bible+Orient» of the University of Fribourg. (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 200) Fribourg – Göttingen, 2004.

Object history
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