Beastmaster – Lord of the Animals

The ancient Beast-master, lord of animals or Master of Animals is a motif in ancient art showing a human between and grasping two confronted animals. A motif that is very widespread in the art and ancient mythology of the mysterious Ancient Near East and Egypt and many other ancient culture, a ancient mystery. The figure on the confronted animals motif is normally male, but not always, and the figure may have animal elements such as horns, or an animal upper body. Unless he is shown with specific divine attributes, he is typically described as a hero, although what the motif of confronted animals represented to the cultures which created the works probably varies greatly. The ancient motif of confronted animals is so widespread and visually effective that many depictions were probably conceived as decoration with only a vague meaning attached to them. The Master of Animals is the “favourite motif of Achaemenian official seals” The motif takes pride of place at the top of the famous, Gebel el-Arak Knife in the Louvre an ivory and flint knife dating from the, Naqada period of Egyptian prehistory, which began 3,450 BC. Here a figure of confronted animals in Mesopotamian dress, often taken to be a god, grapples with two lions. It has been connected to the famous Pashupati seal from the Indus Valley Civilization (2500-1500 BC), showing a figure seated in a yoga-like posture with horns, and surrounded by animals. This in turn is related to a figure on the Gundestrup cauldron, who sits with legs part-crossed, has antlers, is surrounded by animals and grasps a snake in one hand and a torc in the other watch video for more ancient mystery on youtube.


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