Cylinder Seal


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Basic Information

Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0106A)
Classification Communication Artifacts : Personal Symbols : Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location Asia, West, Iraq
Period/Date Babylonian, Early Dynastic III, 2900–2334 BC
Culture N/A
Location On Exhibitin the Mesopotamia exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 2.1 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 1.0 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 5 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Animal--Shell
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information White (N9.5) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A small white seal, three fourths of an inch in length. This seal is in many respects similar to number nine. The design seems to have been originally been done in drill work and then worked down with some other instrument. Again the nude4 man with three feaethers on his head stands plunging a dagger into the head of an animal. The second figure stands between four animals. The figures are better developed on this seal than on any of the other seals of this type. Porada: A hero with upturned curls attacking with a dagger a lion grasping an antelope; a second hero with upturned curls grasping the latter antelope as well as a second antelope on his other side; a second lion attacking the latter.

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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 no
Reproduction Information N/A

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