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Levantine possibly Cypriot cylinder seal with bull-men

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A carved dark grey steatite cylinder seal decorated with two striding bull-men separated by trees.

Mesopotamian representations of bull-men (Lamassu) tend to depict the mythical beasts with frontal-facing heads and large beards, almost always shown in contest with a hero. The side-profile heads on this seal, as well as the placid poses are closer to Cypriot and Aegean bull-man/minotaur imagery.

Culture
Levantine, possibly Cyprus, c. 1650-1200 BC

Size
3.1 x 1.4 cms

Condition
Intact as shown

Provenance
Ex. private collection, West Sussex, UK; acquired mid to late 20th Century

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