Early Dynastic III Cylinder Seal
|Artifact Identification||Early Dynastic III Cylinder Seal (1900.53.0113A)|
|Classification||Communication Artifacts : Personal Symbols : Personal Identification|
|Geographic Location||Asia, West, Iraq, Diyala|
|Period/Date||Babylonian, 28th Century BC|
|Location||On Exhibitin the Mesopotamia exhibit|
|Dimension 1 (Length)||2.5 cm|
|Dimension 2 (Diameter)||1.2 cm|
|Dimension 3 (N/A)||N/A|
|Manufacturing Processes||Carved, Incising, Drilling|
|Munsell Color Information||Yelloish White (5Y 9/1) -ns|
Rogers: A white stone seal divided into two registers. This seal is no doubt rather late, although the engraving is crude. It is known that haematite seals were the vogue until the Kashshite Period. The lower register is made up of a procession of animals; including the goat, the ibex, and the horse. The upper register is made up of crabs, scorpions, and fantastic winged human figures. The heads of many of these are made in drill work. Porada: ABOVE: Two facing seated figures drinking from a vessel through tubes; an attendant behind one of the figures. Terminal(?): An eagle with spread wings. BELOW: A bull, and a goat being pursued by a lion. There is a band of oblique lines between the registers. No common axis of scenes of upper and lower register.
compare Strat. Cyl. 315
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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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.