Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0076A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Old Babylonian, 20th – 17th century BCE
Culture Old Babylonian

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 2.3 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 1.3 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 16 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Hematite
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Dark Gray (N2.5) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A haematite seal about one inch in length. In style showing more Shumerian influence than Assyrian. However, Marduk on his dragon is common in Assyrian art. The seal pictures Marduk riding his dragon. He wears a high headdress and holds in both hands a long two pronged fork. To the left are two fingures dressed in typical Shumerian fluted and ruffled dresses. A scorpion is carved to the upper-right of Marduk. Porada: A weather god on a bull (with raised snake-like tail) spearing a fish; A suppliant goddess(?) facing an unidentified deity holding a sprinkler(?). In the field: a scorpion in the sky.

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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