Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0069A)
Classification Communication Artifacts : Personal Symbols : Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location Asia, West, Iraq
Period/Date Old Babylonian, 1900 BC
Culture Old Babylonian
Location On Exhibitin the Mesopotamia exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 2.3 cm
Dimension 2 (Length) 1.18 cm
Dimension 3 (Width) 1.07 cm
Weight 8.15 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Hematite
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Inscribing, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Dark Gray (N2.5 ) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A haematite seal of Ea, the Water God, with the spouting vase. He wears a turban with a single point on the top. He seems to wear a dress, even covering his arms. A girdle passes around his waist. The skirt is open and one extended leg is nude. Here the artist has tried to show some muscular development. His foot seems to rest on a beetle. The God's left hand hangs by his side and in the right he holds the spouting vase. The next figure to the right wears a turban on his head. His body seems to be draped in a shawl extended to the knees. One corner is folded over in such a manner that it forms a drape for the front of the body. His right hand grasps a mace. The left arm hangs by his side. The third figure is a Shumerian, who approaches with both hands raised to his head. A two column inscription completes the seal. The inscription is very dim and over it has been carved a design, a double crook over a recumbent gazelle. This may mean that a second person has adopted the seal. Porada: A suppliant goddess and a god with a mace before a war goddess. Terminal: a gazelle supporting two crooks cursorily engraved over an effaced inscription. Inscription: d/E-a/d Dam-gal- Note earlier inscription of seal covered by Amurru symbol later cruder carving.

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Comparanda N/A

Porada, Edith. "Concordance of Seals in the Oriental Museum, UIUC." Unpublished ms., ca. 1950. Rogers, Frances. Babylonian Seal Cylinders as a Historical Source, UIUC Master's Thesis, 1929.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication N/A
Reproduction No
Reproduction Information N/A

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