Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0063A)
  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) 2.36 cm
Dimension 2 (Length) 1.40 cm
Dimension 3 (Width) 1.35 cm
Weight 11.64 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: A haematite seal again showing the seated Moon-God. This time his throne is only a four legged stool. All three of the figures are bearded as is customary at this time. The first is leading the suppliant to the god. A gate or perhaps a staff, the symbol of justice separates the last two figures. Above this symbol is a bird. Behind the suppliant is a bull and a frog. Porada: A lion(?) above a seated dog; a worshipper led by a goddess towards a deity seated upon a temple throne. In the field: A vessel above loop-staff; a crescent above the deity.

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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