Winged hero fighting human-headed winged lion (shedu, sphinx)

Object no. S01128
Description of the seal image The scene is framed by line borders at the top and bottom. A half-kneeling winged hero wearing a long, broad-belted tunic with a fringed lower edge over a short tunic grasps the foreleg of a rampant human-headed winged lion (shedu, sphinx). Both figures wear horned headdresses. Between the two figures, a bird appears in the sky. Above the hybrid creature are the Sibitti (Pleiades) and below a fish.
Figures, motifs/symbols - bird
- borderlines (2): line borders at the top and bottom
- crescent moon
- hero: winged, wearing a horned headdress and a long, broad-belted tunic with a fringed lower edge over a short tunic
- fish
- human-headed winged lion (shedu, sphinx): rampant, raising a forepaw, wearing a horned headdress
- Sibitti (Pleiades)
Subcategory cylinder seal
Collection De Clercq Collection
Museum Number De Clercq 306
Culture / Production Place Neo-Assyrian
Provenance ex-de Clercq Collection
First Occurrence before 1888
Archaeological context N/A
Registration number N/A
Dimensions (mm), height, diameter h: 36, d: 9
Material and features "porphyre noir"
Style linear
Scene contest

De Clercq – Menant 1888, 177 no. 306 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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