Impression of Old Babylonian Hematite and Jasper Cylinder Seal


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    Basic Information

    Artifact Identification Impression of Old Babylonian Hematite and Jasper Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0061B)
    1. Communication Artifacts
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    3. Documentary Artifacts
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    5. Other Documents
    Artist/Maker None
    Geographic Location
    Period/Date Babylonian, 1900 – 1600 BC
    Culture Old Babylonian

    Physical Analysis

    Dimension 1 (Length) 5.5 cm
    Dimension 2 (Width) 2.6 cm
    Dimension 3 (Depth) 0.8 cm
    Weight 13 g
    Measuring Remarks None
    Materials Plaster
    Manufacturing Processes Cast
    Munsell Color Information waived

    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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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 yes
    Reproduction Information N/A

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