Cylinder Seal


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0071A)
Classification Communication Artifacts : Personal Symbols : Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location Asia, West, Iraq
Period/Date Old Babylonian, 1900–1600 BCE
Culture Babylonian

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 2.50 cm
Dimension 2 (Length) 1.25 cm
Dimension 3 (Width) 1.20 cm
Weight 8.68 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Limonite
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Grayish Brown (5YR 3/2) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A medium sized brown stone seal. Here the worshiper, Shala, stands with raised hands, before the God. Between the two figures are three symbols, - a crescent moon indicating the presecense of the Moon-God, a Caduceus, and a small animal. The third figure is separated from the God by a fish and a human head. Porada: A long-robed deity, and a god with a mace facing a suppliant goddess. In the field: a bird over a fish over a human head; a crescent over a fly over a mongoose.

Description N/A
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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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 N/A
Reproduction Information N/A

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