Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0082A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Babylonian, 20th – 17th century BCE
Culture Provincial Babylonian

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 2.5 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 1.3 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 11 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Hematite
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Inscribing, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Dark Gray (N2.75) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: An inch long, brown hematite seal. This cylinder pictures Adad, the Weather God, riding his bull, in one hand he holds a thunderbolt, and the other he holds high over his head. A minor diety is presenting him with a lamb, and a Shumerian follows, with both hands raised high to his head. Porada: A suppliant goddess and a worshipper (bearing a kid) before a weather god (on a bull) brandishing a lightning fork.

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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