Cylinder seal with a modern impression

See an ancient cylinder seal used 4000 years after it was made, and learn about its dynastic symbolism.

Cylinder seal and modern impression: nude bearded hero wrestling with a water buffalo; bull-man wrestling with lion,  c. 2250–2150 B.C.E., Akkadian, Serpentine, 1.42″ / 3.61 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art). Video from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Cite this page as: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Cylinder seal with a modern impression," in Smarthistory, December 21, 2015, accessed June 25, 2024,