Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0062A)
  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

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Height) 2.38 cm
Dimension 2 (Length) 1.33 cm
Dimension 3 (Width) 1.28 cm
Weight 7.85 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Steatite
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Moderate Reddish Brown (10R 3/4) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A haematite seal of the Ur Dynasty showing the worshiper being led to his god by a minor duty (sic). Here the Moon God is seated on a fourlegged throne, without arms and a very low scroll back. His feet rest on a two layer foot-stool. On his head is a turban, showing Amorite influence. Across the left shoulder is draped a Narrow band. He seems to be wearing a full length Shumerican shirt. His right hand rests at the waist and his left is extended, holding a vase. Just to the right of the god's head is a half moon. The next figure wears a costume very similar to the Moon God. A third figure in a Shumerian dress, approaches the god with his hands raised to his face. A fourth figure, drawn in profile, wears a short skirt and a girdle around the waist. His left hand is raised and right hand rests at the waist line. Porada: A short-clad male figure, a suppliant goddess, and a worshiper before a king or god holding a cup and seated upon a chair. In the field, a crescent above the king or god.

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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