|Artifact Identification||Cylinder Seal (1900.53.0103A)|
|Classification||Communication Artifacts : Personal Symbols : Personal Identification|
|Geographic Location||Asia, West, Iraq|
|Period/Date||Babylonian, Early Dynastic II, 28th – 27th century BC|
|Dimension 1 (Length)||3.9 cm|
|Dimension 2 (Diameter)||1.8 cm|
|Dimension 3 (N/A)||N/A|
|Manufacturing Processes||Carved, Incising, Drilling|
|Munsell Color Information||Light Olive Brown (2.5Y 5/2) -ns|
A slate colored stone seal, about one and one third inches in length. It pictures a nude human figure, with a bird like beak and horns. Two rampant lions with heavy (drill work) meins (sic) constitute one group. Another group of figures on the seal shows a part of a human figure between two rampant animals and apparently grasping each by the head. Porada: Two crossed lions, the head of one of which is grasped by a bull-man holding an indeterminable weapon in his other hand; a (horned?) demon, whose legs are two goats, grasping in each hand one of the goat tails, which end in serpent's heads.
Scheil, Revue d'Assyriologie, Pl. I #4, Rogers 6, p. 23. Publ. Kelekian RH Revue d'Assyrologique 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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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.