Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0061A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Old Babylonian, 1900 – 1600 BCE
Culture Old Babylonian
Location On Exhibitin the Mesopotamia exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 2.2 cm
Dimension 2 (Length) 1.34 cm
Dimension 3 (Width) 1.32 cm
Weight 11.25 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Hematite, Stone--Chert--Jasper
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Black (N2) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: This is a unique seal, showing one nude figure up side down. The Moon God is again seated on the throne. A priest--full front--stands before him and the suppliant approaches with both hands raised. Here, the nine pointed star, the staff, and other symbols appear in the background. Porada: Suppliant goddess and worshipper before a king or god holding a cup and enthroned upon a stool. In the field: a star above a ball-staff; a crescent above a vessel; and one star obove another (probably added when the seal was recut). Terminal: an inscription partly effaced and replaced by a reversed male figure introduced in a secondary cutting of the seal.

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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