|Artifact Identification||Cylinder Seal (1900.53.0070A)|
|Classification||Communication Artifacts : Personal Symbols : Personal Identification|
|Geographic Location||Asia, West, Iraq|
|Period/Date||Old Babylonian, 20th – 17th century BC|
|Dimension 1 (Height)||2.45 cm|
|Dimension 2 (Diameter)||1.40 cm|
|Dimension 3 (N/A)||N/A|
|Manufacturing Processes||Carved, Incising, Drilling|
|Munsell Color Information||Dark Gray (N2.75) -ns|
Rogers: A once inch haematite seal with four figures. Here is portrayed the story of an elaborate religious ceremony. The first figure stands facing the group and is Shumeraian in character. The god is pictured with wing-like projections from the shoulders, which might be flames of fire. His long pleated skirt leaves one limb bare and the foot resting on a very small animal. One arm hangs by his side, but in his hand he holds a serpent. In his other hand he holds a Babylonian Caduceus. A minor diety is bringing an offering of a goat, and the Shumerian suppliant approaches with both hands raised to his head. Porada: A suppliant goddess and a worshipper carrying a kid, before a war-goddess(?), behind whom stands a priest holding a knife(?).
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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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.