Thursday, 1 April 2021
Elamite seal. Iran. From „The Elamite Cylinder Seal Corpus, c. 3500–1000 BC“ by Karen Jane Gardon.
Soooo What’s this all about?
Autumn (symbolised by a lion) follows summer (symbolised by a bull)…This is the moment in time that this seal marks. This is why we have a lion chasing bull and the cross in the upper panel…I talked about the symbols of the seasons in this post…
So what about the bottom row with two bulls facing each other?
Based on the horn shape and no hump, these are bulls of the Eurasian wild cattle, aurochs…
Beginning of August, the end of summer, beginning of autumn, is also when Eurasian wild cattle, aurochs used to mate…During this time auroch bulls fought (faced) each other for females…I talked about the reproductive cycle of aurochs in my post „Ram and bull„….