Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0083A)
  1. Communication Artifacts
  2. :
  3. Personal Symbols
  4. :
  5. Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location
Period/Date Kassite, 1300 BCE
Culture Kassite

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 3.5 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 10.7 cm
Dimension 3 (Diameter) 0.4 cm
Weight 19 g
Measuring Remarks Third dimension = diameter of hole.
Materials Stone--Chalcedony, Stone--Quartz--Agate
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Inscribing, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Color ID taken 7/2/97: Medium Grey (10YR 5/1) -ns Color ID taken 4/2/99: Light Gray (N 7.75/ 54.8% R) -Transparent. Dark Gray to Black (N 2.5/ 4.6% R) Light Grayish Yellowish Brown (10YR 6/3)

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A clear cylinder flecked with black and having a six-column inscription. Here the Kashshite Cross appears between the two long robed and turbaned figures. One of the figures holds in his hand an undistinguishable object. Below the cross are several symbols, a bird and perhaps a shrine. Porada: A long-robed figure facing a worshipper. Between them: a cross, a bee, and a bird on a tree. Terminal: inscription: dDub. EN.GID/dingir sud/gis.tuku a-.ra.zu/ dug. ?/god with the merciful heart/? upon your worshiping servant (?)/grant life/look friendly/have mercy

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 Unpublished ms., ca. 1950.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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