Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0051A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Achaemenid, 6th – 5th century BC
Culture Achaemenid

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 1.90 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 1.05 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 3.68 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Chalcedony
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Grayish Blue (10B 4/2) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A small blueish-white seal badly disfigured and impossible to study for detail. The scene pictures marduk fighting Tiamat, the chaos monster, so that creation may take place. Marduk is pictured wearing a turban and a short skirt. His arms are unnaturally long. One arm is stretched back of him and probably holds a weapon, while the other holds a fore-foot of Tiamat. To the back of the animal is a crescent moon, the symbol of the Moon God. Porada: A king with a dagger attacking a winged bull. In the field, a crescent(?).

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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