Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0077A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
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  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Old Babylonian, 20th – 17th century BCE
Culture Old Babylonian
Location On Exhibitin the Mesopotamia exhibit

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 3.2 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 1.4 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 21 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Hematite
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Inscribing
Munsell Color Information Dark Gray (N3) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A hemaetite seal about one and a fourth inches in length. This seal is divided into four sections; one is blank, the opposite quarter contains a three column inscription. On each side of the inscription stands a human figure. One is dressed in a long Shumerian flounced skirt and has his hands raised in supplication. This figure wears a high pine tree like head-dress. The second figure is well developed. He wears a turban head-dress and a beard with a scarf draped over one shoulder and reaching to the knees. This is one of the best seals of the Illinois Collection. The inscription reads: "Dadia, the son of Danig-Dishu, the servant of Sansu-iluna" (son of Hammurabi). Porada: A god with a mace facing a suppliant goddess. Terminal: inscription. INSCRIPTION: Da-ki-ia mar Da-mi-iq-i-li-su warad Sa-am-su-i-lu-na Dakiya, the son of Damiq-ilishu the servant of (the King) Samsu-iluna.

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Comparanda N/A

Scheil, Revue d'Assyriologie, Pl. II #13, Rogers 19, p. 13. 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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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. "UI, USC students collaborating on unique archaeology project." Inside Illinois, 11/2/2006. Photo: "Technology + Teamwork = New Discoveries," USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, Winter 2006/07, p. 6.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication N/A
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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