Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0052A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Achaemenid, 550–336 BCE9/15/20219/15/2021
Culture Achaemenid

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 3.00 cm
Dimension 2 (Length) 1.52 cm
Dimension 3 (Width) 1.49 cm
Weight 12.55 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Chalcedony, Stone--Quartz--Agate
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Grayish Brown (7.5YR 4/2) -ns White (N9.25) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A one and a half inch blue onyx seal (558–331 B.C.). The king is seated on a high backed throne. A figure stands both to the front and to the back of the king. They hold in their hands long fan like objects. The entire drawing rests on a winged sun disk (Egyptian influence.) Porada: A Magus(?) before an enthroned Magus, behind whom stands an attending Magus(?). Each of the three figures holds a bundle of sticks, and all three rest upon a winged sun-disk. For rendering of Magus, cf. Persian Survey, pl. 108. Provenace Achaemenian. May date 538-331 BC

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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