"Cylinder seal with monster" 😞 ca. 11th–9th century B.C. Elamite (Iran) . From Met museum.
Elam was a Bronze Age civilisation that flourished on the territory of today's Iran between 2700 – 539 BC...
These are date palms, one of the most important agricultural crops in Mediterranean, North Africa and Middle East...Including Iran (Elam)...
Right at the beginning of the mating season of the Eurasian lions (now extinct since early 20th century).
In the "THE ASIATIC LION: A study of ecology and behaviour" by Paul Joslin we can read that the mating season of the Asiatic lions starts in August and lasts until October.
I talked about this in my post "Entemena vase".
So the "Cylinder seal with a monster" 🙂 is actually "Cylinder seal with a lion and a date palm" which marks the beginning of the date palm harvest in Elam. As the old Elamite children song says: "When lions start to mate, it's time to harvest date" 🙂
Which is what the human figure standing next to the date palm is doing. Harvesting dates...
Is this so difficult to see?